According to multiple media sources, construction accidents in New York City have increased for the fourth straight year – almost tripling since 2012.
Between June 2015 and June 2016, there were 526 construction worker injuries in New York City, a 62 percent increase from 324 over the previous year. According to media outlets, construction jobs increased by 8.8 percent over the same time period.
Although penalties for safety violations have risen drastically in the past half year, New York City’s mayor has been attacked for the state of construction safety in the city. In addition, a record number of stop-work orders were issued for unsafe construction sites.
In February, the mayor promised better safety measures following a construction mishap where a crane collapsed and fell down a street in Tribeca, according to media sources, killing a pedestrian on the ground.
The following statistics are provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).