New York City is one of the busiest real estate markets in the world and continues to grow each day. With thousands of New Yorkers employed in this industry and new projects being worked on all the time, it’s important to take construction worker safety seriously. Unfortunately, construction work is some of the most dangerous work in the city, but improvements are slowly being made. Recent efforts by the city to improve safety are a step in the right direction.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed while working construction, our New York City construction accident lawyers want to help you get the support you need. You can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation.
NYC Sets Construction Safety-Training Requirements
Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announced official safety training requirements for the city’s construction workers. These requirements are based on the new construction safety law, which passed in the fall of 2017. City legislators felt compelled to address safety issues after construction-related deaths have surged in recent years. In 2016, 71 construction workers died on the job, 16 more than the 55 who perished in 2015 and the highest number of fatalities on record.
According to the new requirements, all construction workers will be required to undergo at least 40 hours of safety training. By the end of March, tens of thousands of workers were required to have taken a 10-hour safety course. By the end of this year, workers must have a total of 30 hours of training. And finally, these workers must take an additional 10 hours of coursework after the law goes into full effect next May.
Crane Operator From 2016 Collapse Has License Revoked
The NYC Department of Buildings permanently revoked the license of the crane operator found responsible for causing the February 2016 collapse in Tribeca that left one man dead and two other people injured. On April 10, Administrative Law Judge Ingrid Addison ruled that the operator had failed to follow the crane manufacturer’s instructions in anticipation of high winds and failed to secure the crane the night before the accident.
Construction Worker Falls 60 Feet From Scaffolding In East Village
A construction worker was injured on Wednesday, May 23 after he fell from scaffolding outside a building in the East Village. The 62-year-old man fell from the scaffolding outside 26 First Ave. at around 1:20 p.m. Officials believe he fell 60 feet to the ground below.
The man was rushed to a nearby hospital, but no update on his condition is currently available.
Construction Worker Falls Onto Scaffolding In Brooklyn
A construction worker was injured after falling onto scaffolding while doing work at a school in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn on Monday, May 14. The accident happened at P.S. 102 at 72nd Street and Ridge Boulevard. The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his left leg. Firefighters responded to the scene and rescued the man by using a ladder bucket to take him down from the scaffolding. He was brought to Luthern Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery.