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
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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