A report compiled by Crain's New York Business shows that the number of construction accidents in New York City was the highest in 2018 that it's been in recent years. The number of workers hurt on construction jobsites climbed to a post-recession record attributable to the building boom going on in NYC. Although the report stopped counting in October (publishing schedule), the number of accidents and injuries recorded had already outpaced those recorded during all of 2017.
A construction worker was rushed to the hospital in critical condition last week after falling nearly thirty feet and becoming wedged between an I-beam and a wall at a jobsite in Chelsea. The terrified man was rescued by first responders and immediately taken to the hospital where doctors fought to save his life. This latest near-fatal fall from heights in Manhattan comes as the mayor's office is in delicate negotiations with construction union leaders, hoping to finalize stricter training standards for construction workers in New York City.
A New York City construction accident investigators are calling completely "preventable" claimed the life of a man at a jobsite in Times Square earlier this week. 59-year old Jose Cruz was working 18-feet above the pavement at 1604 Broadway around midday on Wednesday April 12th when he slipped and fell from an I-Beam. He tumbled roughly one story and landed on the pavement below.
A new report shows that the number of fatal construction accidents in New York City has dramatically increased over the past few years as the number of building site inspections has decreased. Experts say that the lack of oversite has allowed contractors and supervisors to become lax in their duty to protect workers.