It has been a dangerous year for New York City construction workers. According to Crain’s New York, more than 650 accidents and injuries have occurred on construction sites through October. This outpaces the 2017 totals and are the highest numbers seen since before the recession.
Fatalities currently at 12
Construction site fatalities are on pace to be as high or higher than the last three year’s totals. The construction worker deaths reached 12 in November, after a worker was crushed to death in Brooklyn.
Safety training requirements delayed
The city has tried numerous measures to curb construction site injuries and fatalities. In 2017, the City Council passed a new law mandating workers have at least 40 hours of safety training. However, the program is being rolled out slowly to quell concerns it might slow or halt construction projects. Construction workers have until June to complete 30 hours of training.
City is in a construction boom
New York City is in a construction boom, which is at least partly fueled by the damage from Superstorm Sandy. The storm washed out many buildings and homes along the city’s coastline. It also caused billions of dollars of damage.
However, the city claims the boom has no effect on worker safety. A Department of Buildings (DOB) spokesman declared no building is worth a construction worker’s life. The spokesman also stated the DOB is committed to maintaining worker safety.
Falling debris can be deadly
The construction worker recently killed in Brooklyn was struck by falling debris and pinned beneath a collapsed wall. Construction workers are often injured by falling debris. Falls from scaffolding or ladders often cause injuries. Improper crane safety is also an issue for New York construction workers.
If you or a family member were injured in a construction site accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Depending on the situation, you may have more options than workers’ compensation. An experienced attorney can examine your case and advise you of the help available to you.