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 has sharply increased in recent years, jumping from seven fatalities
in 2012-2013 to eighteen in 2015. This trend is likely due to a drop in
available safety inspectors in the city. Despite this decrease, construction
permits have continued to increase.
Construction Accidents Have Increased 34% 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 injuring 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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