Proposed Worker ID Card Being Discussed in Philly

A building collapse that claimed the lives of six construction workers this year now has city officials considering a new law that might have greater implications for construction workers all over the country. All construction workers working in Philadelphia would be required to carry a worker ID Card certifying that they are qualified to work on the site.

As the Philadelphia CityPaper tells it “The “wallet-sized ID cards” would indicate that a worker had attended a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration course on construction safety, training that would also be mandated by the bill for anyone working at any construction site in Philadelphia.

While the proposition seems to be a no-brainer, there are those who worry about day laborers hired through outside agencies to do simple jobs like clean up trash, unload equipment, etc… Many of these workers are undocumented, even illegal aliens and even those who do have documentation might find the 10-hour class too much.

What do you think? Does this make sense? Why? Why not? Should this idea be extended to all cities?

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