Construction Workers Rally, Urging City Council to Pass the Construction Safety Act

The Construction Safety act was drafted largely in response to a growing number of fatal construction site accidents in New York City.

“Between 2014 and 2015, building construction-related incidents involving injuries or fatalities almost doubled in New York City. In 2014 there were 231 incidents and in 2015 there were 435, and 88% increase over the previous year.

Falls are the top cause of construction-related deaths in New York City. In NYC, 59.4 construction related deaths in the five years comprising 2011 to 2015 were the result of falls. The national average is 36.3 percent. 

Of the almost 4,000 safety citations issued related to fall protection, scaffold safety, or stairway/ladder safety in the city, 46% related to failure by employers to take fall protection measures.” – Contructionequipment.com

The Construction Safety act, if passed, would improve the safety of work sites for all construction workers (union and non-union), ensuring that workers’ received ample training and also ensuring employers who failed to abide by basic safety requirements would be penalized.

To learn more about NYC construction site safety click here. If you or a loved one was injured on a New York or New Jersey construction site click here.

 

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