Officials Warn Labor Shortage May Increase Construction Accidents in New York City

The boom that's lifted NYC's economy could create dangerous working conditions for construction workers and increase the risk of serious construction accidents in New York City.

For several years now New York City has been undergoing a massive construction boom. It seems like everywhere you turn there's a new high rise apartment or office building going up. And while that boom has worked wonders on the economy of our city, it has created a labor shortage within the construction industry. This shortage is spreading crews thin and contractors are forced to hire untrained individuals to fill their slots.

Across the United States, the construction industry is experiencing a labor shortage. Here in NYC, safety advocates warn that such a shortage could very well lead to an increased risk of construction accidents. An insurance industry magazine reports that insurers are already seeing a significant spike in construction-related injury claims now, which also leads to the increased cost of insurance. To mitigate risks posed by the shortage of skilled labor, contractors will have to provide better training and development, so they can build the expertise in-house since availability in the marketplace is scarce.

There are two ramifications of this labor shortage which can lead to workers getting hurt on the job:

1) The increased pressure to perform could lead employers to cut corners, use improperly trained laborers and ignore state and federal safety regulations in order to meet demand.

2) If workers are injured on the job, getting the compensation they deserve could become extremely difficult if employers let policies lapse or opt for coverage that doesn't meet the needs of their injured workers.

What Can You Do to Protect Your Family?

If you've been injured at a job site anywhere in the city, you need professional legal help to get the compensation for your lifetime of pain and suffering and lost time from work. Contact the experienced New York City construction accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel today. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation today.

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