SECTION 1. Chapter 143 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 100 the following new sections:-
Section 101. Any employer in the construction industry whose business is subject to oversight by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration shall have its employees receive no less than 15 hours of Occupational Safety and Health Administration training and said training shall be relative to the work that the employee is required to complete. Employers that contract independent contractors shall require the independent contractor to provide evidence of completing at least 15 hours of Occupational Safety and Health Administration training course that is relevant to the work that the independent contractor is expected to do.
Any employer who utilizes employees without the required training shall be fined $2,500 in the first instance, $5,000 in a second instance and $10,000 for each subsequent instance. Should an employee or contractor die as a violation of this section or a death is found in violation the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration shall be fined $25,000; provided that no fines shall be issued until the investigation is completed as to the cause of death. The board shall keep a list of violations of this section and violations publically available from United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the reason for a violation available and ready for access by the public.
The board shall promulgate rules and regulations on this section, including but limited to, standardizing the certification forms and certificates, providing a list of available training providers, providing when employees should be trained again after the initial training, and a way for consumers and employees to report violations to the board.
Section 102. The board shall promulgate guidelines by which cities and towns may issue permits to employers in the construction industry that violates section 101 or United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and have been investigated and fines and penalties issued against them. The purpose of the guidelines is to establish a uniform review process by which a municipality should grant permits for construction projects to applicants.
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