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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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$10K Fine In Construction Death Is “Monopoly Money”

On April 6, 2015, an unsecured trench wall collapsed at 9-19 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District neighborhood, killing 22 year-old Carlos Moncayo. Harco Construction was found guilty of felony manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment. This case established the first time that a company can be held criminally responsible for the death of a worker at its site. In July 2015, the judge ordered Harco to produce a public service announcement to promote job site safety. Harco’s defense attorney said the company would not comply with the sentence. The firm chose to let the accident go...

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Preventing Construction Site Accidents Through Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Approximately 20% of work-related accident deaths involve construction workers. However, these workers only represent 4% of the employed workforce in the United States. Individuals who work at construction sites are at the greatest risk for getting injured or even dying while on the job. Unfortunately, the majority of these accidents are preventable. Using BIM to Prevent Construction Accidents As technology develops, the construction industry has started to rely more heavily on Building Information Modeling (BIM) to develop its projects. BIM is used to digitally monitor the design of construction projects, the plan and the construction. BIM can also be...

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Deadly Construction Accident at the Old Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NYC

The New York construction site experienced its 29th fatal accident in the last two years on Friday, December 9th. Around 8:00 a.m., 59-year-old Wilfredo Enrique was working on the façade of a new residential development when he fell to his death. Enrique was employed by Two Trees Management. He was working on the construction site located at the old Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn when the accident occurred. City officials closed the site after the accident to determine the exact cause of the deadly accident. The NYC Department of Building website revealed a number of complaints pertaining to this...

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Another New York City Crane Collapse Accident Justifies The Need For Safer Construction Site Procedures

A New York City construction site was yet again the location of another fatal accident. On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a crane accident killed two construction workers in Queens. The horrific accident happened at a construction site near 81-10 134th Street at around 12:20 p.m. One construction worker was posting a beam before it disengaged from the crane, striking the cab of the crane and a flag person. According to a FDNY official, both workers were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The cause of the accident is still being investigated according to NYPD Deputy Chief George...

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