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Fire code upgrades in the city of Boston have addressed the type of tragedy that took the lives of two city firefighters in 2014, and the legislature needs to impose similar construction welding requirements across the state, a firefighters’ union said Tuesday.

“It is time for the state to do the same. There is still more work to be done,” Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts President Robert McKinnon Jr. told the Public Safety Committee at a public hearing, testifying in favor of two bills (S.1381/S.1382) addressing dangers posed by welding and hot works.

Sen. Nick Collins testified with Rep. Dan Ryan and told the News Service afterwards that the bill ensures that protections adopted in Boston and worked into state regulations are codified in law. Bill supporters say tough penalties deter hot works industry members from engaging in unsafe work practices.

The bill would implement the recommendations of the Walsh-Kennedy Commission report and specifies that certifications and training programs for cutting, welding, and hot works processes shall be performed using the existing National Fire Protection Association program or an equivalent program that includes a “thorough and accessible electronic database that can be used to check a worker’s status, multi-lingual in-class offerings, identity integrity safeguards, in-person original training, and subsequent annual continued education program either online or in person.”

A wind-swept fire on March 26, 2014, led to the deaths of Boston firefighters Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy, and was reportedly caused by welders working on a building next door to the Back Bay brownstone.

Firefighters Union Presses for New Statewide Hot Work Regulations

by State House News Service time to read: 1 min