Gary LaBarbera, president of The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, has reacted to the Canadian wildfires and their effects on construction workers. “Maintaining the health and well-being of our members is of utmost importance and the recent dips in air quality arising from the Canadian wildfires has us very concerned,” he said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laid out a list of health hazards for those working outside, including heat stress, eye tract irritation, and respiratory issues. Safety precautions vary by employer, and non-union jobs can be the biggest offenders when it comes to taking care of the health of their workers.
Read the full story by Mary Cunningham for CityLimits, published July 3, 2023, here: