Do you think the NYCDCC is too tough on the requirements put onto Job Stewards?
If one doesn't have a First Aid and CPR certification, both that are not mandatory to have on a job site in NYC, they will not be sent out as a Job Steward. Also, $160.00 for a Laser License that just about no worker on a jobsite, including most company Forman don't have or a Shotgun License, you will rot on the Out of Work list. If it's good enough for a Job Steward, why not for all? Now that the Council is struggling to meet the contract rule of having a Certified Job Steward on most jobs and meet the Compliance with Full Mobility, is it time to ease up on certifications? After all, Stewards have become the "bean counters" in the field and the position doesn't even resemble what a Steward used to look like.
OSHA issued a final rule on Sept. 25 that pushes back a national requirement for crane operators to be tested by an accredited examiner until Nov. 10, 2017. Crane operators originally had until Nov. 10 of this year to obtain certification.
Out of a total pool of 117,130 operators, OSHA estimates that 71,700 are certified only to type, while some 15,000 operators today are certified to type and capacity. Further, the agency estimates that 30,430 operators remain without certification in the U.S.
What do you think about the Job Steward certifications and restrictions put on our members to go to work?
First Aid & CPR are both liability concerns for the Project Owner/Developer & the General Contractor and/or Subcontractor or At-Risk Construction Manager as the specific case (project) may be.
Liability should not attach to the rank & file worker of any trade.
Besides, if you as a novice First Aid/CPR trainee (e.g. you are not a trained paramedic, nurse, doctor, Physicians assistant etc.) do any procedure wrong and the person injured incurs additional harm - you will be sued & most probably thrown under the bus by your employer, the District Council and the project owners.
The safest bet is to call 9-11 and walk away (unless it's your kid etc.).
The onus and burden belongs on those named above, not the worker/employee. It's called "risk shifting" and by the Carpenters Union acquiescing to these demands, the NYCDCC is setting itself up and its men & woman for un-necessary lawsuits.
Let the brain-trust and all the Captain Safety folk working for the owners go out in the field and play nurse and/or doctor and see how they like it. Perhaps instead of being like OSHA and only visiting sites when there is a death, the Safety personnel for the Owners should be employed and on site at all times; and then they can handle the medical response as the first responder as well as the direct liability should something go wrong.
The good Samaritan rules apply to everyone, including stewards.
Any witness should call 911, and then the site supervision.
The steward, or whomever, administers interim support until the site safety or other responder arrives.
As for being sued; anyone can be sued, present or not.
As for the morality of turning your back and walking away, think about you and your family being the unaided victim, talk to your priest.
What - did I make absolute sense to you Norman? We're carpenters not nurses or doctors.
Obviously you don't have a clue how big business operates or what the end game is all about. BTW, I qualified it (your kid etc.), but past that call 9-11, the Construction trailer/office...get Captain Safety out here stat. Let them play nurse maid. Let the Superintendent or Project Manager assume the risk and the liability.
This is but another example of the payroll patriots; e.g. the direct deposit District Council employees selling out the membership - now get back to work.
tHE SILVER SPOON HAS BEEN PULLED OUT OF YOUR ASS,tHE RO SET ORDER BY REQUIRING ALL STEWARDS HAVE CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED.iF YOU HAD A HOOK ALL YOU SUPPOSEDLY NEEDED WAS THE SHOP STEWARD CLASS AND CERTAIN STEWARDS WERE DISPATCHED WITH SKILLS THAT DIDNT EXIST OSHA 40 THESE MEMBERS BYPASSED EVERYONE ON THE LIST.iTS NOT THE 160 FOR LASER YOU HAVE TO HAVE AT LEAST A 5TH GRADE READING LEVEL TO PASS TEST.RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS AND SISTERS DO WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE UNION LABOR STRONGER.ALWAYSC LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO CRY JUST BACK UP AND GO OR GET WITH THE PROGRAM.YOUVE DONE UNION LABOR PROUD BROTHER THIS TIME YOUR BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE