A worker at Asphalt Green suffered cuts and bruises after a piece of construction equipment became dislodged and flew through a fourth-floor window and shattered glass. The construction was taking place at the East 91st Marine Transfer Station nearby.
Capital New York (7.11.14) reported that the contractor on the project acknowledged that the accident was caused by “lax safety protocols.” The workers involved in the accident were blamed for taking a “shortcut instead of doing what they were instructed to do” and then “permanently” banned them from the site.
Construction stopped while the city investigated the accident.
Speed of construction can be the foe of safety. Many accidents occur when workers take shortcuts to cut costs or to meet deadlines, especially after weather or supplies cause an unwanted delay to a project.
Shortcuts taken during construction can lead to disaster for workers, for people around construction sites and even for the projects themselves. Taking shortcuts can result in a structure getting built in the wrong sequence, or a worker getting hurt after removing safety guards to save a few seconds. Shortcuts can cause long-term injuries.
Construction as a job is dangerous enough. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), 4175 workers died in private industry in 2012. Of that number, 806 or 19.3% were in construction.
The incident occurred at the Asphalt Green Aqua Center on York Avenue at 91st Street.
The accident renewed fears among Asphalt Green officials over the dangers of the construction, as well as the eventual traffic that will flow directly next to the facility and its soccer field.