The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) recently published “Deadly Skyline”, the organization’s annual report on construction fatalities throughout New York State. We have broken down the key findings into a series of blogs, but you can also read the report in full here (PDF). This is part 3/8.
Over the past decade, 218 workers throughout New York State were killed in falls, making up 48 percent of all construction deaths. Over that same period of time, 101 workers were killed in falls in New York City, making up 46 percent of all construction deaths.
As dangerous and deadly as falls may be, the vast majority are preventable. Workers are currently protected by the Scaffold Safety Law, which requires that construction sites be built and maintained with worker safety in mind. If businesses and/or contractors violate critical health and safety regulations, they can be held liable for any deaths or injuries that occur on the job.
Despite the obvious necessity of protections for workers throughout the state, the Scaffold Safety Law has been under fire by legislators for years. Recently, U.S. Congressman John Faso proposed a bill, H.R. 3808, that would require state courts to ignore local laws that cover accountability for elevation-related injuries. Most notably, this law, if it passes, would remove the protections afforded under the Scaffold Safety Law for workers on construction sites that receive federal funding.
At the Perecman Firm, we believe that construction workers deserve every protection possible. Our New York City construction accident lawyers have spent decades representing injured victims, and have secured more than $350 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. If you were seriously injured in an accident on a construction site, give our firm a call at (212) 577-9325 to speak with a member of our firm, or fill out our online form today for a free case evaluation.