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New York City Sees Decline in Construction Worker Deaths While New York State Sees Increases

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 1/8.

New York State saw the largest number of fatalities on construction sites in more than a decade. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 444 workers died on construction sites between 2007 and 2017, and 71 died in 2016 alone. The only other time this many construction workers died was back in 2002.

Construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work in the United States – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics North American Industry Classification System Data, 5,190 total workers died in 2016, with the construction industry accounting for 991 of those fatalities, or 19 percent despite only making up four percent of the workforce in the country.

The danger is especially true when you just look at New York State. 272 workers died on the job in 2016, and 71 people died working on construction sites, making up 26 percent of the total. The total number of workers who died in New York City dropped from 74 to 56, and the total number of construction workers who died in the city dropped from 28 to 21, accounting for 37.5 percent of the total number of fatalities.

After the number of construction worker deaths in New York City doubled from 14 to 28 between 2011 and 2014, the overall number has been on a decline, while the state as a whole has not been able to stop a similar spike in deaths. Since a decade-low 29 construction-related deaths in 2009, the state only saw a drop between 2010 and 2011 before immediately spiking back up, and continuing to rise to its current levels. You can read more and see a full statistical breakdown of the data in the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) annual report here (PDF).

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