Authorities want New York State to adopt a similar level of workplace safety standards as that of New York City. A recent study indicates that fatalities in construction accidents in the city numbered only 21 in 2016 -- four less than in the previous year. In contrast, the number of construction worker deaths that occurred in the remainder of the state in 2016 was 71, which is 16 more than in 2015, and the highest in 14 years.
Exposure to height hazards is par for the course in the construction industry, and employers must protect workers from all known dangers. Falls remain the cause of a significant percentage of severe injuries and fatalities in construction accidents in New York and elsewhere. In many cases, victims were not equipped with fall protection.
Scaffolding can be life-threatening structures, and related safety regulations are strict. Many injuries in construction accidents result from collapsing scaffolds or falls from scaffolds due to safety violations. Victims of scaffolding accidents in New York may suffer long-term consequences.
The hazards on New York construction sites have given rise to many safety discussions in recent months. Despite all the talk about improved regulations, lives continue to be lost in construction accidents. One of the most recent fatalities occurred at a site in Brewster.
Two deaths in one day -- only hours apart -- come at a time when there are calls for stricter safety regulations in the building industry. However, looking at the circumstances surrounding these construction accidents, it seems the calls should be for more compliance with existing safety regulations. Two construction workers died in New York on a recent Thursday.
Dozens of workers have died on construction sites in New York since the beginning of 2015. One of them was a 22-year-old worker who recently fell to his death down the shaft of an elevator in a condo tower under construction. Following the wave of construction accidents, some unions have managed to persuade the City Council to demand significantly more training hours for all construction workers.
When construction projects in New York are in the planning stage, developers should assess potential hazards and address those in advance. This particularly applies when projects include demolition, or for redevelopment projects. Being prepared may prevent fatal construction accidents like the one that happened in Poughkeepsie on a recent Thursday.
The construction industry in New York and elsewhere continue to report preventable on-the-job accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is part of an investigation into an incident that caused serious injuries to a construction worker. The site where the accident occurred is a residential home under construction in a neighboring state.
The New York Department of Buildings stopped work at a Queens residential home construction site on a recent Wednesday after a construction accident occurred there on the previous day. Building materials weighing thousands of pounds fell onto three workers when the building's roof collapsed, causing serious injuries to one. The workers were members of a construction crew who were adding another story to an existing two-story residence.
The New York Department of Buildings recently issued an order to stop work on a part of the construction site on Pier 57. This is the planned construction project that may ultimately house the high-profile Anthony Bourdain food market, which is scheduled for completion in 2019. Authorities say safety measures were not instituted and that led to an employee suffering serious injuries.