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.
Hispanics and immigrants working in the state of New York’s construction industry are the most susceptible to fatal construction accidents, according to a report by the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD).
In an online report published by the Latino Post Wednesday, February 26, the CPD states that from 2003 to 2011, 60% of fatalities in construction sites across New York City involved immigrants and/or Hispanics. The online report further stated that many people from these groups are undocumented, making them reluctant to report workplace incidents due to fear of termination or deportation.
At the Hach & Rose, LLP, we help New York workers injured in a construction accident evaluate their options for seeking financial compensation. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA and let one of our attorneys help you explore the possibility of pursuing legal action.