New York’s construction industry is a powerful economic engine during normal times; each $1 billion invested in non-residential construction spending adds about $3.4 billion to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), about $1.1 billion to personal earnings and creates or sustains 28,500 jobs. As Governor Cuomo takes steps to begin to “Unpause” New York, the construction industry is primed and ready to continue working safely and play a crucial role in our State’s economic recovery and resurgence through “NY Forward.”
Construction has been broadly deemed “essential” in New York throughout the COVID-19 crisis under Governor Cuomo’s “New York on Pause” Executive Orders. Our industry—which already had significant experience working safely in hazardous conditions and applying rigorous protocols and utilizing personal protective equipment (PPE) to mitigate exposure to pathogens and other health risks—has developed and honed best practices to mitigate health risks to construction workers and others as construction work has continued across New York during this pandemic.
The construction industry, informed by that experience and driven by our abiding commitment to safety, is exceptionally well prepared for a broader reopening of construction activity that will put more people back to work and help prime and sustain economic recovery.
The Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS), New York’s leading statewide construction industry organization, representing the full breadth of our industry, building and highway, union and open shop, in every region of our State, offers the following recommendations, procedures and guidelines for the safe resumption of construction activity.
The construction industry, quite literally, built New York. We remain prepared to resume and continue work to help New York rebuild and recover in the wake of the economic damage wrought by this pandemic.
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