When you walk down a street in New York, it is difficult not to walk by a construction site. It seems like every corner you turn, there are construction workers going about their business, building in a city already packed. There has been a marked spike in the number of buildings being built. However, what do this mean for construction accidents? Unfortunately, nothing good.
New York is one of the leading states in construction accidents. With the rise in construction sites, there is a rise in accidents. According to the Department of Building, jobsite accidents have increased by 31%, while injuries rose by 41%. Research also shows construction sites are less safe now than they were seven years ago. The number of injuries went up from 237 to 400 in just one year, and 2015 is not over yet. These grim statistics illustrate the need for more safety inspections and supervision on job sites.
With all their strict safety codes, how does New York still have such high accident rates? One of the reasons is that there just is not enough supervision and enforcement of the rules. Based on the New York safety laws, if a building job consists of over 10 stories, it must have a safety-site inspector overlook the project. However, the same requirement does not hold true for sites constructing buildings with less than 10 stories. This is a problem because a majority of the jobs are smaller and have a higher accident rate.
Statistics show that 500 inspectors check over 34,000 large construction sites. Meanwhile, fewer than 80 OSHA workers inspect almost all NY workplaces. The lack of enforcement aggravates the problem. We need a new mindset when it comes to construction safety. Workers should not have to worry over their health when on the job site.
At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., we take worker safety very seriously. If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact our New York personal injury attorneys today.