If you only look around New York City you can see that there is always construction going on. The construction industry is booming in NYC with buildings constantly being built and renovated. Unfortunately, the construction business is also one of the most dangerous industries to be employed in. Each week there are several reports of injuries or fatalities due to a construction accident affecting the workers and families of those that work to make our city great. It is a problem that we are working to make better through stricter laws and regulations. Our August NYC construction accident report takes a closer look at some recent construction accidents from throughout the city.
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Construction Site Fire Leads To Evacuation Of Statue Of Liberty
On August 27, the FDNY was called to handle a propane fire that was burning in a construction area on Liberty Island. Officials found a propane tank that was tipped over and leaking fuel, a 100 lbs tank on fire, and another tank nearby which were all located within about 200 feet from the base of the Statue of Liberty. A partial evacuation of the park was ordered and it took firefighters about 2 hours to contain the blaze. One construction worker suffered minor injuries.
Construction Accidents, Injuries, And Deaths Increase With Building Boom In NYC
It is a fairly well-known fact that construction is a dangerous job. In NYC, federal statistics show that it is indeed the most dangerous job. With the recent boom in building that has taken place this year, the city has also seen a large increase in construction accidents resulting in injuries and deaths. This year there have been 8 construction-related deaths and according to the DOB, there were 457 accidents on the job resulting in 469 injured people from January to July of 2018.
Construction Superintendent Injured In Scaffolding Accident
At a construction site on East 70 Street, workers were lowering pipe scaffold frames inside a stairwell from the fifth floor. During this process, one of the frames broke loose and fell striking the construction superintendent on the head and knocking him unconscious. He was taken to Presbyterian Hospital for treatment and is in stable condition. Two violations were issued and a partial stop-work order was also issued.