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Non-Union Construction Sites Put Workers' Lives 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. This is part 7/8.

According to NYCOSH, non-union workers on private worksites in New York are among the most at-risk groups in the construction industry.

During their investigation into OSHA’s 38 fatalities on construction sites in 2016, the committee found that 94.7 percent of the people who died on private construction sites in the state were non-union workers, and 93.8 of the people who died on private construction sites in New York City were non-union workers.

One of the issues noted in the report is that private worksites rely on governmental oversight from regulatory bodies like OSHA to ensure a safe working environment, and without proper funding, OSHA cannot conduct the number of inspections needed to make sure that its safety standards are being met. Union worksites are required to employ union workers, who have received safety training, and shop stewards who are more likely to identify and report potential hazards before they cause an injury.

“It is indisputable that a well-trained worker is a safe worker,” said Gary Labarbera, the President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. “Unionized construction workers must pass rigorous training programs under New York State Department of Labor (DOL) oversight and their on-the-job safety record clearly demonstrates the life-saving benefits of proper training […] Bluntly put, non-union workers — who often lack adequate training — are vastly more likely to be killed on the job.”

If you were seriously injured in a construction accident, finding the right representation is one of the most important things you can do. Our lawyers at the Perecman Firm have spent decades representing injured victims throughout New York City, and through our efforts have secured more than half a billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Call us at (212) 577-9325 today to speak with one of our NYC construction accident lawyers, or fill out our online form to set up a free case consultation.

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