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, the New York City Council finally voted to change the city’s safety and training laws for construction workers.
Bill Requiring Safety Training for Construction Workers
The New York City Council introduced Int 1447-C, a safety bill that would require construction workers to participate in approximately 40 to 55 hours of training. But for months, this effort was stonewalled amid concerns that a proposal to increase safety training requirements would negatively impact nonunion laborers and minorities.
The City Council finally reached a consensus, voting unanimously to approve the bill. This vote came less than one week after two construction workers died on the same day in separate accidents in Manhattan.
The final bill pledged $5 million in funding for day laborers and small contractors who otherwise might not be able to afford the training. The bill will go into full effect in 2020.
While this bill provides safety standards that will hopefully help save lives, a considerable amount of work will still need to be done to make sure the entire New York City construction workforce has equal access to training.
Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers
When construction site accidents happen, they can seriously injure or kill both construction workers and innocent bystanders. These victims and their loved ones may have a valid personal injury or wrongful death claims 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 You 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.