Roof workers in New York and other states face various dangers related to the heights at which they do their jobs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations to which business owners in this industry must comply. However, many employers fail to provide fall protection to prevent serious injuries on the job site.
Workplace safety in New York is said to be in need of loads of attention, and part of the cause for the dire situation is the lack of federal inspectors. Reportedly, there has been a significant drop in the number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors. In fact, in 2014, only 71 OSHA inspectors were left to cover all industries in New York. This marked a 13 percent decrease, while 18 percent more building permits were issued in New York City. The role that unions play in the number of fatalities in construction accidents in the city seems significant.
Many New York residents spend most of their hours every day working in offices without realizing that safety hazards are not only present in workplaces such as construction sites. There could be numerous safety hazards in office environments, any one of which can cause a serious work injury. Developing safety protocols for the office may be a smart move -- from establishing emergency exit procedures to making sure any spills at the water station are cleaned before someone suffers a slip and fall accident.
The worksites of industrial companies in New York and elsewhere typically pose a variety of safety hazards that employers must address. The results of an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration into a fatal work injury that occurred at a metal fabrication plant last July underscores the importance of compliance with federal safety regulations. The tragedy involved the death of a 17-year-old who had just started the job when he lost his life.
The president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York commented on the sadness of lives lost due to employers' disregard of safety regulations. This followed the death of an employee of a company cited for violations that led to construction accidents on previous occasions. This time, a 30-year-old man who died two days before Christmas.