NYC Construction Workers Falls to Death
Details of the Fatal Fall
Reports state that a construction worker for Alpha General Contractor of New York fell 80 ft. to his death from the scaffolding outside of the Dream Hotel. The worker fell through an area of the scaffolding where planks had been removed. People in nearby high rises say that the worker’s body landed on scaffolding over the hotel’s main entrance.
The Dream Hotel has been under construction for the past year. One witness said that workers were frequently seen working on scaffolding without safety harnesses.
The Department of Buildings issued a full stop work order until the accident can be investigated. A violation was also issued for “failure to safe guard persons or property affected by construction operations.”
Worker Injury Statistics
The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) says that almost 20% of worker fatalities are in construction accidents. The “Fatal Four” types of construction accidents are: falls, struck by object, electrocution, and caught in/between. OSHA says these fatal four make up 56% of all construction accidents.
Falls are the most common type of fatal construction workplace injury, making up 36% of construction deaths in 2012. Of the 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violations, ranked No. 1 and No. 3 respectively are fall protection and scaffolding general requirements.
In 2012 in just New York City, 21 workers were killed in falls, slips or trips.