New York City is hosting the 4th Annual Construction Safety Week. This year's schedule of events includes a number of class and seminars designed to advance safe construction practices. All programs are free and a schedule can be found here.
Perhaps the most important item on the agenda is the April 28 Scaffold Safety seminar. Scaffold and high-rise safety has been in the news several times already this year since the crane collapse that killed seven workers on March 15, 2008.
Following the rash of worker deaths earlier this year and criticism from Mayor Bloomberg, Patricia Lancaster resigned her post as the city's building commissioner. She has been replaced by acting commissioner Robert D. LiMandri. The city remains committed to worker safety, demonstrating that committment with another $4 million in funding to the Buildings Department to hire 20 specialized engineers to reinspect excavation, concrete, and crane operations around the city.