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New York construction accidents highest in almost 10 years

Construction is a booming business throughout New York. Improvements in safety procedures have been successful in reducing the number of injuries and fatalities that happen on construction sites. However, there is always a lingering risk of people being hurt when doing that kind of work. The heavy equipment, working at substantial heights, large vehicles and more can put the pieces in place for there to be accidents. Statistics are important to determine where the dangers are and the latest information has some sobering news that a construction worker and his or her family should be cognizant of.

In 2018, the number of construction accidents that were reported in New York City was the highest they have been since there was a boom in construction after the recession. This can be due to a myriad of factors such as a rise in the number of accidents that are reported. But the latest information is worrisome as it was not even complete with time left in 2018. More accidents could have occurred making the numbers even worse. The last month for which there was information on the number of accidents was October. The total of accidents and injuries in 2018 had gone beyond what they were for all of 2017.

After a worker died in Brooklyn in November, fatalities had risen to 12 for 2018. That was the same total for each of 2015 to 2017. When the template preferred by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was used, it was higher than New York's tracking methods. Steps that the city has taken to improve safety include increased fines and greater oversight. A new law that will require workers to have 40 hours of training in safety was created and will be used in the future. It has been reduced and delayed from being implemented. Although the number of accidents is statistically small when placed in the context of the number of projects that are ongoing throughout the city, the trend is troublesome as it indicates construction workers are at greater risk than they were in for the past decade.

Construction workers can suffer serious injuries and death when they are in a workplace accident. Lost limbs, broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord damage and more can happen leaving them in need of extensive medical care and possibly unable to return to the same job or to work at all. Workers' compensation is an integral protective device for these workers. However, there can be disputes regarding the claims. A law firm that has experience in construction accidents can help with the workers' compensation case and any other issue that arises.

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