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The Rise In Construction Fatalities, The Decrease in Site-Safety Inspectors

construction accidentIt is a well known fact that the construction industry is an inherently dangerous line of work. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 1 out of 10 construction workers gets injured every year in the United States. This equals to more than 150,000 construction site injuries every year.

In order to combat this injury and accident epidemic in the construction industry, state and federal regulations are enacted for site owners and contractors to follow to ensure the safety of their workers. Site-safety inspectors are hired to enforce these rules and regulations.

New York’s Booming Construction Industry

The year is not yet over and 2015 has proven to be one of the busiest construction years in decades. In fact, reports show that both the private and public sector have initiated approximately $2.9 billion in construction projects, a significant increase since 2014. Given the construction boom, it would only make sense that more site-safety inspectors are hired to ensure the workers’ safety.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. In fact, during a time when New York is booming with construction, the number of available site-safety inspectors continues to decrease while injury and death at construction sites increase. This places both construction workers and pedestrians at a greater risk for site related injuries or even death.

The Rise In Construction Deaths and Injury

During the last federal fiscal year, running between October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015, eighteen workers died at job sites in New York City. This is an increase from only 12 in the previous fiscal year. Even more troubling is the increasing news of injuries.

The main factor that leads to the majority of these injuries is the number of available inspectors in the city to enforce the very rules that are supposed to prevent these tragedies. The number of available inspectors has dropped steadily from 1,171 in 2011 to 1,105 in 2014, a dip of 6%. This is happening during the worst possible time – as the number of construction jobs in the city continues to rise.

The bottom line is that without an enforcer, there is no way to ensure that contractors and property owners take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of their workers and the pedestrians.

We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire an attorney who knows the law and can aggressively fight to get you the full extent of the compensation that you deserve. The New York construction accident attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. understand the ramifications that construction accidents have on victims. 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 occupation. Our team is ready to fight for you and your family during this difficult time.

For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction accident attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.


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