Construction is one of the most dangerous industries. Across all of NYC, one of every five worker deaths occurs in the construction industry. Specifically, in 2015, New York City’s Building Department (NYBD) recorded eight fatal construction-related accidents just in 2015, the highest it has been since the 2008 boom. Every day, construction workers subject themselves to the dangers of heights, heavy machinery, electricity, and power tools. Anyone of these elements can lead to injury or death.
Workplace safety has changed drastically over the years. Were the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, established in 1971 by Congress never created there would likely be increased work-related accidents, increased sick leave by employees, higher workplace mortality rates, and a decrease in employer revenue. OSHA is responsible for assuring the work environments of men and women are healthy and safe. It does so by setting and enforcing workplace safety standards. Other services provided by OSHA in its effort to ensure workplace safety include training, education, outreach and assistance. Since its creation in the 1970s OSHA has joined forces with states, employers and advocates across America to impact workplace safety.
On February 5, 2016, a devastating accident shook Lower Manhattan Street: a crane collapsed, killing one individual in the area and causing injury to three more persons. As reported by NBC New York, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the collapse occurred when the crane was being lowered and secured. It is believed that the crane collapse may have occurred, or was aided by, high speed winds; nine minutes before the collapse, a 37 mile per hour wind gust was recorded.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks injuries in the U.S. and has found that injuries and violence are the leading causes of death in the nation for individuals ages 1 to 44 when compared to other leading causes of death. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 it is estimated that almost 3 million individuals were hospitalized due to injuries. Almost one million of these personal injuries required time away from work. Continue reading
A 22-year-old man died at a construction site in New York’s Meatpacking District earlier this spring, according to a DNAInfo article. The young construction worker was part of a crew digging below the foundation of the building on the site to reinforce its support. According to reports, as he tried to climb out of the ditch, dirt fell on him and he was buried up to his neck. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. Continue reading
There are about 6.5 million construction workers employed at about 250,000 different worksites across the United States. And every year, thousands of construction workers are injured or killed at these worksites, often as a result of negligence on behalf of the construction site owner, contractor or sub-contractor. Some of the most dangerous hazards at construction sites include scaffolding, excavations, ladders, falling objects, and electrical wiring. Construction sites present precarious situations and even the most innocuous objects can be deadly.
New York City construction projects involve the use of heavy machinery at large heights and around densely populated pedestrian areas. That said, the staggering number of construction accidents calls into question the safety of city construction sites on a routine basis. If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, the first step you should take is to contact a Brooklyn Accident Lawyer for a free consultation to help you evaluate your case.
Earlier this month a construction worker fell to his death at the Dream Hotel. According to FDNY, the death occurred in the early afternoon at 55th & Broadway and it is currently being treated as an accident. An experienced New York personal injury attorney can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your case.
Less than two weeks later, and only twenty-two blocks south of the Dream Hotel tragedy, another incident occurred in which a worker fell thirteen stories to his death. The unfortunate man landed atop a sidewalk shed below where workers were completing façade restoration work. A source of growing concern, the construction site has been discovered to contain over three-dozen violations. According to the Department of Buildings, violations include: