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Sunday, February 12, 2017

City Council's construction safety bills divide NYC's real estate industry

What are the main causes of New York construction accidents?

The New York City Council began hearing testimony last month on 21 construction-related bills that are strongly dividing the New York real estate industry. The bills range in issues from crane safety to additional training requirements for construction workers, in an effort to reduce the number of construction accidents in New York City.

One of the most hotly debated bills involves an apprenticeship program that opponents say creates another barrier to employment for minority workers. Proponents of the bill simply want to improve safety in the construction industry, which has the highest number of deaths over other industries.  

Other bills include safety provisions like:

  • Increased netting and guard rails around construction sites
  • An improved tracking system for construction accidents
  • Stiffer penalties for builders and contractors who repeatedly violate safety codes

Safety is obviously a concern for everyone involved. The New York Building Congress has asked the City Council to arrange a task force to analyze the bills with an aim towards conciliation between both sides.

With a view to improving safety at construction sites, it helps to better understand what the main causes of construction site accidents are in New York.

Falls.  Falls are the leading cause of construction site accidents across the United States and account for approximately one third of all construction-related deaths annually. Usually falls result from failure to properly construct scaffolding or place guardrails and other safety equipment onsite.

Falling Debris. Another common construction accident includes injuries from falling debris. Workers on lower levels can suffer minor to serious injuries from falling debris such as:

  • Tools
  • Steel beams
  • Lumber
  • Concrete

Crane Accidents.  Cranes are responsible for moving heavy loads around construction sites. If operated improperly, serious injury and death can result.

Electrical Injuries.  Construction sites typically come with some sort of electrical installation involved. Electrical injuries can result from improper installation, improper training or failure to follow safety precautions.

Injured in a Construction Accident?

If you are injured at a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced construction accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Arthur O. Tisi can assess your case and help you get the compensation you deserve.  Contact us today for a free consultation.


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