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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 […]

Michael Barasch Comments on Article “Older people dying on job at higher rate than all workers”

Blue collar workers have always faced a higher risk of having a fatal workplace accident than white collar workers. That older workers in this group are even more at risk comes as no surprise. But we should resist the urge to chalk this up to failing eyesight or diminished strength alone. Common workplace accidents like […]

SKETCHES OF COURT: Verdict in favor of electrocuted plaintiff in labor law trial

Plaintiff was a journeyman electrician who was electrocuted at a public middle school construction project in Brooklyn. He claimed that this was because he and his foreman were required to work on wires that could not be traced to an electrical breaker panel in order to shut down the current, and because they were also […]

SKETCHES OF COURT: Verdict in favor of electrocuted plaintiff in labor law trial

Plaintiff was a journeyman electrician who was electrocuted at a public middle school construction project in Brooklyn. He claimed that this was because he and his foreman were required to work on wires that could not be traced to an electrical breaker panel in order to shut down the current, and because they were also […]

Rally with mock funeral procession calls for better safety at NYC’s construction sites

Mike Barasch applauded the construction union members’ demonstration outside his office, by City Hall. The 18 construction deaths in NYC last year should serve as a cruel reminder how dangerous a job these men and women have. “Construction safety must be a paramount concern whenever buildings are erected. We are all happy to see cranes […]

Construction Worker Falls 25 Feet in Midtown Accident

A construction worker at a Hudson Yards apartment complex project reportedly fell 25 feet on August 3. The worker was on the second floor of the building when witnesses say he plunged through a crevice. He was treated for serious injuries at Bellevue Hospital. Representatives for the Hunter Roberts Construction Group indicated they were cooperating […]

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