A new study found that the number of fatal construction accidents in New York City hit a 14-year high in 2016. After several years of stable (or even decreasing) numbers of deadly jobsite accidents in New York, the danger that workers find themselves in has exploded. Indeed, workers at jobsites across New York State die at much higher rates than almost anywhere else in the nation. With fatality rates 4.6 times higher in the construction compared to average jobs, it's clear that the industry does indeed need to rethink its commitment to safety and to examine what's causing this increase.
A tragic construction accident in Manhattan last month claimed the life of a worker who was working inside the elevator shaft inside a building located at 111 E. 24th Street. Just after 9AM on January 23rd the 33-year old victim lost his balance and fell from the ninth floor of the jobsite. The worker was installing a car inside the shaft of the 12-story project (which is slated to become a new high-rise hotel).
A construction worker was killed at a jobsite in Chelsea when a metal bracket came loose from scaffolding and hit him in the head. The deadly construction accident in New York City is just the latest in a long line of unnecessary and preventable "accidents" at jobsites around the city when the safety of workers is not taken seriously.
A construction accident in Brooklyn left six workers injured earlier this month. The men were working inside a vacant building which was undergoing extensive renovation when the roof of the apartment collapsed. The roof was fully loaded with cinder blocks and other building materials at the time it caved in. The weight of the debris came crashing down, smashing through every floor of the three-story building until finally coming to a stop in the basement. The collapse of cement, wood, and metal turned the interior of the apartment into a giant sinkhole.
It's no secret that construction is a dangerous job but any time the pressure to meet a deadline or come in under budget outweighs the safety of individuals accidents are bound to happen. Unfortunately, that truth was illustrated with tragic clarity late last month as two separate fall from heights accidents in New York City killed two workers in one day.
A construction worker was injured in a scaffolding accident in Manhattan earlier this month while working on the facade of a building in Midtown. The worker fell multiple stories from the scaffolding erected at the site. The accident occurred just before ten in the morning and rescue crews arrived within minutes. Although the injured worker landed on a safety net high up on the building, rescue workers were eventually able to lower him to the 15th floor of the building and carry him down from there.
A terrifying apartment complex accident in the Bronx left an elderly lady bleeding and struggling for her life on the sidewalk in Claremont on July 20th. The 66-year-old was sitting on the steps of her apartment complex, enjoying the afternoon with her granddaughter when several bricks fell from the building and struck her in the head. She collapsed to the sidewalk and was barely responsive-bleeding from several wounds-when rescue crews arrived.
A construction worker was rushed to the hospital after a ladder accident in Queens last month. The unnamed individual was working at a jobsite near 80th Street and Broadway, in Elmhurst, when he fell off a ladder, tumbling roughly 7 feet to hard concrete below. The jobsite is the future home of a 20-story apartment building owned by Friedland Properties.
Shady property owners have been putting tenants' lives in danger and risking deadly apartment complex accidents in New York City. That's the claim levelled against multiple owners and property management agencies by the citizen action group Community & Residents Protection Working Group. Last year, the organization reported that landlords across the city were filing fraudulent building permit requests, claiming that apartments were unoccupied during extensive renovations. Now, the city's Department of Buildings is investigating those allegations.
A new analysis of data concerning construction accidents in New York City shows that small job sites are the most dangerous. The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) gathered the latest available information from the period between 2010 and 2014 and correlated the number of construction accidents in New York with various other factors to understand how, why, and where these devastating catastrophes are happening. This effort was, in part, a response to the dramatic increase in construction accident in New York City in recent years-up 53 percent just last year by some accounts.