The New York City Department of Buildings has reported a significant decrease in construction accident fatalities despite a sharp increase in the number of building permits issued, according to an online report from the Occupational Health and Safety published on Monday, March 17.
NYC Buildings Acting Commissioner Thomas Fariello said the rate of construction deaths in the city decreased 62% in the last year. The city has recorded three fatalities in 2013, as compared to eight the previous year. All of the three fatalities recorded in 2013 were slip and falls due to a lack of proper fall protections.
Ensuring workers’ safety should be the top priority of both employers and property owners. Unfortunately, as we at Hach & Rose, LLP, know, this is not always the case, causing New York construction workers to be seriously injured or killed. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA if you or a loved one has been involved in a construction accident and you would like to pursue legal action.
A new study released on Thursday, October 24 by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) showed that Latino immigrant construction workers, which make up 74% of construction workers in New York, are more likely to die while performing their day-to-day duties in New York City than United States residents or U.S.-born Latinos.
Citing a New York State Trial Lawyers Association study, this recent study found that Latinos or other nationalities of immigrants appear to be becoming more frequent victims of construction work accidents due to the types of employers that hire them. These employers are usually small, non-union contractors that have been found to be the ones committing the most safety violations.
Center for Popular Democracy representative Connie Raza, the one who compiled the report, said these kinds of contractors are lax when it comes to providing training and physical equipment to their employees and “aren’t taking simple steps to protect their workers.”
Fortunately, construction workers in New York have fairly comprehensive rights when it comes to holding their employers accountable for workplace injuries. Call our attorneys from Hach & Rose, LLP, at 866-LAWS-USA if you or loved one in New York has been affected by a construction accident caused by a contractor or construction site owner’s negligence.