Drastic increase in New York City construction accidents
New York City’s construction boomed in 2015, leading to an increase in construction accidents and related deaths. A new article by the New York Times sheds more light on the increase in construction deaths, pointing at poor safety conditions and inadequate regulators. The rate at which workers were becoming fatally injured far exceeded the rate of construction, alluding to other causes of increased accidents.
The law requires certain regulations to be in place at construction sites to protect workers and pedestrians near dangerous construction zones. Equipment such as harnesses and helmets are often neglected along with other basic safety precautions. The majority of the dozens of deaths reported in the past few years were “completely avoidable” according to the New York Times.
The NYC Buildings Department showed that 10 workers were killed in construction projects in the 2015 fiscal year, almost double the annual average over the past four years. The number of workers who were injured was 324, an over 50 percent increase from the previous year. The New York Times claimed the majority of the injured workers were undocumented immigrants.
One of the major problems facing New York City construction workers is the lack of officials monitoring dangerous construction sites. The volume of construction makes it impossible for inspectors and other safety officials to deter corrupt and negligent construction companies from continuing dangerous practices.
If you were injured in a construction accident and would like to file charges against the party responsible for your injuries, please contact the New York construction accidents attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. For more information about the legal services we provide injured workers, call 866-LAWS-USA today.