The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that fatal work injuries totaled 87 in 2017 for New York City. The number of work-related fatalities in New York City rose by 31 from the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the city have ranged from a high of 191 in 1993 to a low of 56 in 2013 and 2016. The majority of these workplace deaths have been reported on construction sites.
Construction has earned the title of being New York City’s deadliest industry. While construction accidents are commonplace, statistics collected over the past decade show that construction tops the charts as the city’s most lethal industry, with more injuries and deaths reported in 2018 than any other year following the post-recession building boom.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of construction-related deaths in New York City has remained steadily high over the past few years, with a slight decrease from 21 to 20 annual deaths in 2017.
Crushed to Death on Construction Sites
Construction sites are a hotbed for injuries and deaths. Although many different types of accidents can happen on construction sites, the most deadly are those involving workers elevated related risks, including falls and being crushed and/or struck by falling objects. The most recent construction fatality, occurred on April 13, 2019, when a worker was crushed to death in an accident involving a crane. This was the third fatality in less than a week,
These gruesome accounts are not the only construction related crush deaths. There are still incidents that have yet to be reported for 2018. In fact, n November 2018, a worker was crushed by a forklift on the site of a six-story residential condo in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Only a month prior, a worker repairing the façade of a 20-story co-op in Kips Bay, Manhattan, died after a fragment of the building collapsed on top of him.
The Department of Building (DOB) only tracks deaths related to a violation of the city’s construction code. It is estimated that there is at least a half-dozen more fatalities in 2018 in addition to the 12 cases reported by the DOB, bringing the actual total to a number closer to 20.
Rise in Construction Deaths
The annual death toll for most work-related deaths has remained constant (although high) in recent years. However, construction accidents and deaths have surged significantly in 2018. The DOB reports that 761 construction workers were injured last year, which is a 13 percent increase from the 671 incidents reported in 2017.
This significant rise in construction related incidents may suggest that employers are failing to take safety precautions seriously, and the city is not doing enough to protect construction workers from deadly disasters.
Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers
Construction site accidents, specifically crane accidents, can seriously injure or kill construction workers as well as innocent bystanders. These victims and their loved ones may have a valid personal injury claim or wrongful death claim against the responsible parties.
At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the consequences that construction site accidents have on the lives of victims and the lives of their loved ones. In fact, senior partner and lead trial attorney Jeff S. Korek grew up in the construction industry and has first hand knowledge of the inherent dangers in this kind of work. Such experience allows us to aggressively fight to protect your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.
We Can Help You If Your Are Injured
When you are injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire an experienced New York construction injury attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the full extent of the monetary compensation that you deserve.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction injury attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.