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New Safety Law Behind Decrease in New York City Construction Accidents

Anyone who lives in New York City knows that construction is always ongoing. With infusion of billions of dollars into the construction industry projected for 2020, even more sites stand ready to undergo development. When construction ramps up again after the current shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more workers will be exposed […]

New York City to Pay $36 Million Settlement to Injured Construction Worker

A construction worker paralyzed after being struck by a falling utility pole on a New York City Department of Environmental Protection project site will receive a record-setting $36 million payment in settlement of a lawsuit that charged the DEP with failing to maintain a safe workplace. The plaintiff, 39-year-old Ricardo Tavares, was working at the […]

Navigating Compliance With New York’s Government-Ordered Construction Shutdown

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, New York City was in the midst of a construction boom. In the months after March 27, 2020, when Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the pause of all nonessential building projects in New York, construction companies have had to navigate uncertainty about when and where they are allowed to operate. […]

Map Shows NYC Sites where Construction Safety Training Is Needed

New York City’s Department of Buildings has launched a new tool to help construction workers identify sites that are subject to mandatory OSHA Site Safety Training (SST). Local Law 196 of 2017 states that supervisors and laborers must have completed this additional safety training when working on certain large-scale projects. To give everyone a resource […]

Long Island Construction Death Linked to Improper Fall Protection

The 2018 death of a construction worker in East Patchogue, Long Island has triggered a substantial penalty for his employer, highlighting the need for appropriate fall protection. While installing roof panels on a shed, the Northridge Construction Corp. worker fell from his ladder onto a concrete surface, suffering a fatal blow to the head. According […]

Writer Urges Safety Overhaul of New York City Construction Industry

No matter where you go in New York City, construction is a fact of life. Most of us learn to deal with occasional inconveniences like delays and noise. Only when a major tragedy makes the news do we pay attention to the dangers construction workers experience. Unfortunately, even well-intentioned efforts to reduce injuries and deaths […]

Three NYC Construction Workers Killed in Less Than a Week

In just one week in April, three New York City construction workers were killed on the job.  Each tragic death had a different specific cause, but the quick succession of fatal incidents has prompted concern from the Buildings Department about whether safety rules are being followed. Though public awareness of the dangers facing construction workers […]

Debate Continues Regarding New York’s Scaffold Safety Law

New York State’s Scaffold Safety Law dates back to the 19th Century, but debate still rages about whether its tough liability standard should be weakened. The law requires property owners, developers and contractors to provide certain minimum protections for workers involved in the building, repair, demolition or maintenance of the building. While opponents of the […]

New York City Occupational Deaths Increase Sharply

Federal records for the 2017 calendar year showed a significant increase in on-the-job deaths among New York City workers. No specific explanation has been given to explain why the number jumped to 87 occupational fatalities from the all-time low of 56 in 2016. However, city officials are attempting to use better tracking and are considering […]

Number of New York City Construction Injuries Rising Quickly

More New York City construction workers were injured in 2018 than in each of the two previous years. Based on data collected by the Department of Buildings (DOB), 2018 was the most dangerous year for city construction workers in nearly a decade, with 761 injuries and 12 deaths reported. Several factors, including an increase in […]

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