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NYC Construction Accidents Increase for Fourth Straight Year

According to multiple media sources, construction accidents in New York City have increased for the fourth straight year – almost tripling since 2012.

de Blasio Administration Under Fire

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.

On The Job Accident Statistics

The following statistics are provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

  • 4,821 workers were killed in on the job accidents in 2014. This averages to 95 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
  • 4,386 of those fatalities occurred in private industry and 899 were associated with construction accidents.
  • Among the leading causes of on the job deaths are:
    • Falls (39.9% of total construction deaths in 2014)
    • Electrocutions
    • Struck by object
    • Caught-in/between

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