Thousands of construction workers gathered at City Hall yesterday, petitioning officials to take action to protect workers’ safety.
Construction site injuries have increased by 78% from 2014 to 2015, and 16 workers have died. The massive spike in construction site incidents prompted workers throughout New York to rally at City Hall yesterday, demanding action to protect the safety of NYC workers.
NYC’s largest construction union spearheaded the rally. One of the proposed bills calls for apprenticeship programs, and making those a requirement before construction workers can go work at large building sites. Rally participants called for city councilmembers to take the call to protect both union and non-union workers seriously.
What’s causing the spike?
Many believe that the construction boom in New York City lies at the root of this accident epidemic. With more jobs to complete in such a small window, builders and contractors often cut corners, putting workers at risk.
Rick Chandler, the Commissioner of the Department of Buildings, responded by promising to add 100 new inspectors to his team. He also said he is considering adding more supervisors at small building construction sites.
Bills to Improve Worker Safety in New York
City councilmembers petitioned to fast track multiple bills that would, among other things, impose stiffer penalties for contractors who cut corners. One other proposed piece of legislation calls for regular meetings to assess the safety risks to construction workers, as well as pedestrians and motorists, near construction sites.
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The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. remains vigilantly involved in this ongoing situation, as it involves many of the unions we support. As passionate advocates for injured workers, we want construction and industrial workers throughout New York to know that they can come to The Perecman Firm if injured on the job. Call today and we’ll provide you with a free consultation.