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Employers' Disregard for Safety Regulations Put the Lives of Workers at Risk

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 6/8.

During NYCOSH’s analysis of deaths that occurred on worksites in New York State that were inspected by OSHA in 2016, the committee found that 82 percent of the fatalities were tied to OSHA violations.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 71 workers were killed on New York State worksites in 2016, and OSHA inspected 38 of these locations. Just like the data has shown in past years, the vast majority of these deaths were preventable by simply following regulations, placing the employer at fault.

A key step in preventing these incidents from occurring is ensuring that employers know there will be serious consequences for their negligence. Without these checks in place, far too many employers will continue to cut corners in order to maximize profits without worrying about what it means for the safety of their employees.

Maintaining a safe construction site should be among the top priorities, if not the very top priority, of any contractor or business. When this is not the case and someone gets hurt, our NYC construction accident lawyers at the Perecman Firm are ready to help you fight for your rights and secure the compensation you deserve. Send us your information through our online form to start out with a free evaluation, or call us at (212) 577-9325 to discuss your situation over the phone today.

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