What is “Stop Work Authority”?

Last updated: April 5, 2018

Through stop work authority, injuries like hand injuries can be prevented. Some workers may not know that they have this right and that no legal repercussions will take place if they exercise it. It is your duty as a construction employee, contractor or BCI to bring a construction project to a halt in the event any risk of damage to personal safety, environment, property, or the reputation of a company is posed by the work.

Am I Required to Exercise My “Stop Work Authority”?

It is most certainly your duty as an employee, contractor or BCI to exercise stop work authority; injuries to construction workers do not work the risk of not saying something. If the working conditions or behaviors related to the project are considered to be unsafe, you are expected to exercise your right to stop the project until the safety has been evaluated and corrected as necessary. Failure to exercise this authority could result in potential liability along with the full legal repercussions associated.

Workers’ Compensation Stop Work Authority

The New York Workers’ Compensation Board may also exercise stop work authority if injuries to construction workers are potentially at stake, but that is not the only time this authority may be exercised. When a business does not have workers’ compensation, the board has clearance to close the project or business down as a result.


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