|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representative Larson of Burlington
Subject: Labor; state construction contracts; occupational safety and health training
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require bidders on state building and public works contracts over $10,000.00 to certify that their employees have completed an Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety course.
AN ACT RELATING TO ENSURING HEALTH AND SAFETY ON PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 29 V.S.A. § 161 is amended to read:
§ 161. REQUIREMENTS ON STATE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
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(d) Any person submitting a bid for or signing a contract for construction, alteration, remodeling, demolition, maintenance, or repair of any public work or building to a government entity, and the contract estimate is more than $10,000.00 shall certify on the bid or contract, under penalties of perjury, that at the time work commences, all employees to be employed at the worksite will have successfully completed a minimum 10‑hour course in construction safety and health approved by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Documentation of successful completion of the course shall be provided to the awarding authority prior to each employee beginning work. Any employee found on the worksite without documentation of successful completion of the course shall be subject to immediate removal. The commissioner of buildings and general services shall investigate alleged violations of this section and upon a finding of noncompliance, the commissioner shall refer the matter to the attorney general for appropriate legal action, including an action to restrain the award of the contract or to require performance of the contract. The commissioner shall assess and administer a penalty of not more than $1,000.00 for each violation of this subsection.
(e) This section shall not apply to maintenance or construction projects carried out by the departments of highways and forests, parks and recreation.
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