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New York City Passes Into Law Controversial Bill Requiring Safety Training for Construction Workers

Construction accident fatalities have become a public health epidemic that is brought on by inadequate safety regulations and public inattention. This important occupation saw an average of 20 people die on the job every year between 2007 and 2014. This number does not seem to be decreasing, but rather increasing with every year. These numbers seem to be pretty consistent throughout the country, especially in New York City where construction is booming. For months, New York City lawmakers, real estate groups and construction workers have agreed on the need to increase safety regulations on construction sites. On September 27th,...

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2 Separate Deadly NYC Construction Accidents On the Same Day

New York City construction sites recently experienced 2 more fatal accidents on the same day. The first fatality happened when a veteran construction worker lost his balance and fell off the 29th floor of the 1 Seaport Residence. He fell on the top of the scaffold bridge installed above the sidewalk at the construction site. The construction worker, who was trained and certified, was wearing his harness but it wasn’t attached to anything. The day before that tragedy, the City’s Department of Buildings had issued a partial stop work order for the operation of a worksite crane. Investigation is...

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3 Construction Workers Suffer Serious Injuries After Building Materials Drop Through Roof of Astoria Building

On June 20, 2017, three construction workers were seriously injured after a load of building materials delivered to the top of a building in New York City fell through a roof, crashing into a basement. One of the workers was able to escape from the scene. Firefighters and medics had to rescue two other workers who were listed in critical condition. The two-story brick home was in the process of being renovated into a three-story house in Astoria, Queens. A load of materials that were placed on the roof of the building for renovation collapsed. The materials crashed through...

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Deadly Construction Fall Accident In New York City

The New York construction site experienced yet another fatal accident on April 14th. According to New York City Building Commissioner, Rick Chandler, the death was completely preventable. Around 11:00 a.m., 59-year- old Jose Cruz, the native Dominican Republic living in Sunset Park, fell 18 feet to his death at a construction site located at 1604 Broadway, near West 49th Street in Times Square, New York. He fell from an I-beam near the second floor as he was helping remove part of a steel deck from a slab. He was not wearing proper fall protection equipment, even though he was...

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31 New York Construction Workers Dead In 2 Years

A December 23rd fatal construction accident on the Upper East Side of New York City marked the 31st worker to die on the job in the city in the past two years. The worker, whose name has not yet been released, was working on a nonunion work site. The worker was apparently wearing a harness but was not hooked to a cable when he fell. Only three weeks earlier, Wilfredo Enriquez fell to his death at the old Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, marking death 30. Deaths 27 and 28 occurred on November 22nd, when a steel beam fell...

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