Construction Related Fatalities on the Rise in NY

Recent analysis has shown that it is a dangerous time to be a construction worker in New York. Records indicate that the number of construction related deaths have seen a sharp increase in recent years, jumping from seven fatalities in 2012-2013 to eighteen this past year. This trend is likely due to a drop in available safety inspectors in the city. Despite this decrease, construction permits have continued to increase. Overall, construction accidents have seen a 34% increase over last year.

A large number of devastating construction accidents have occurred in the past year. Back in April, a 22-year-old worker lost his life when he was buried alive in the Meatpacking District while working on the Patsis Building. As a result, the project’s contractor and subcontractor were each fined $142,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for allegedly ignoring various hazards that were revealed during a safety inspection. The following month, a crane at 261 Madison Avenue collapsed when a cable snapped, causing a shipping container to drop and injure 10 people.

Despite these numbers, Press Secretary Alexander Schnell from the Department of Buildings claims that there is no proven correlation between the number of deaths and available safety managers. As it stands, inspectors are only required to be present at sites involving more than 100,000 square feet of excavation space or buildings with 15 stories or more.

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