The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) and Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that 2019 saw a sharp drop in construction accidents across the city. By comparing accident reports from January 2018 to October 2018 with similar reports from January 2019 to October 2019, it was found that the drop in accidents was actually just over 26%. There were 657 construction accidents in the 2018 data, but only 483 in the 2019 data.
What makes the announcement even more impressive is the ongoing construction boom in NYC. Most anywhere you look in the city, you can see construction underway. In fact, the number of construction permits issued for “major” construction projects and demolitions went up while the accident rate declined.
Mayor de Blasio accredited the drop in construction accidents to recent efforts to improve jobsite inspections and contractor safety training under the DOB’s Construction Safety Compliance Unit (CSC). This specialized unit is tasked with conducting in-depth, unannounced inspections of construction sites with the goal of preventing accidents before they can happen. It is also paired with the Construction Safety Enforcement Unit (CSE), which responds rapidly to reports of construction accidents to assess the situation and help ensure something similar never happens again.
In a little over a year, CSC inspectors have been to more than 10,000 construction sites to complete twice as many impromptu inspections. Due to these inspections, more than 11,000 OATH summonses have been written, totaling to about $15 million in penalty fines. Indeed, the fines might be the largest motivating factor for worksite contractors and construction firms to reprioritize safety before anything else.
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