Construction is an industry filled with numerous risks and potential hazards, especially in major metro areas like New York City. While construction accidents happen all the time, statistics collected by the City over the past decade have shown that 2018 saw more reported construction-related injuries of any year following the post-recession building boom.
Here are a few key findings about construction accidents in 2018, according to statistics and an article from Crain’s New York:
- Through October 2018, the last month of available data, construction accidents and injuries already outpaced year-end numbers recorded in 2017 (650 for both).
- The number of construction accidents in NYC has increased each year since 2014, when the city’s building boom began to gain steam.
- As of November 21, when a construction worker was crushed to death at a worksite in Brooklyn, the number of construction fatalities in NYC was 12 – which is equal to the number of construction fatalities recorded in each of the previous three full years.
- When tracked using different criteria set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the number of construction injuries and deaths in the city is even greater.
Though experts state increases in construction work and incident reporting may contribute to the higher numbers, the data – which comprise only a fraction of the 2018 year – is alarming. That’s especially true given the efforts of City officials who have adopted a number of measures designed to protect construction workers and reduce accidents, injuries, and deaths on worksites.
These measures include improve oversight of project safety, higher fines for employers and others who violate workplace safety standards, and a new law requiring a minimum of 40 hours of safety training for all workers. The rise in accidents despite these efforts suggests employers may not be doing enough to protect construction accidents.
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.: Proven NYC Construction Accident Lawyers
Our team at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. believes no building is worth the life or safety or a worker. As a firm that has fought for construction accident victims since 1983, we know the profound impact construction accidents, injuries, and workplace deaths can have on victims and families. It is why we are so passionate about protecting their rights and futures in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases, and why we value the critical role we play in ensuring employers, property owners, and contractors uphold their obligations for maintaining safety in the industry.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident anywhere in New York City or the state of New York, you can be confident about placing your trust in our award-winning legal team at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. Our firm has been rated among the “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News, and has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for clients in a range of construction accident cases, including those involving:
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