Construction accidents are tragic events. They affect individuals as well as the society that they live in and have responsibilities towards. Construction workers deaths and injuries are skyrocketing in New York City. We have to make sure that we follow safety measures individually as well as the City, State, and Federal Government needs to act on it to avoid these increasing construction injuries trend before it gets even worse.
“It’s always been a dangerous profession, but deadlines and pressures from when you gotta get it done sometimes cause you to take risks. If you’re given the time and proper equipment you have a better chance of working safely,” masonry restoration specialist Christine Azzoli said.
“Some contractors willing to underbid the job, take it lower and they look to cut corners everywhere they can and the first thing is to hire cheap labor,” bricklayer Jerry Gozdyra claimed.
According to city data, workplace deaths are up and rising 33 percent than five years ago, as well as the injuries, are up a staggering 221 percent. Bhurtel Law Firm and Product Liability Lawyer – Durga P. Bhurtel handles cases involving construction accidents and injuries in NYC.
“The past several years have been very busy, very robust construction market, but there shouldn’t be anywhere near this many fatalities,” NYTC Building & Construction Trades Council President Gary Labarbera said
“Do you think the city is building up too much, too fast that it’s coming at the cost of workers’ safety?” CBS2’s Ali Bauman asked Department of Buildings deputy commissioner of enforcement Tim Hogan.
“I think any major city and especially that has older infrastructure… it’s necessary to replace a lot of those buildings and continue construction… we’re putting pressure on contractors that they need to comply with safety regulations,” Hogan replied.
Construction Accident Safety / Precautions
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction has more work-related deaths than any other industry in New York City. Safety should be the number one priority in any field. Construction workers are right now required by law to have 10 hours of safety training which by 2020, they’ll be required to have 40 hours. If anyone violates this, the property owner, the contractor, and the worker’s employer will all be fined $5,000 each. This is a good way to ensure they follow the safety practices which performing construction work to avoid injuries. But, more needs to be done and also the awareness of safety practices towards construction work would help lower down the construction accidents. Bhurtel Law Firm is dedicated to the safety of the construction workers first to avoid it and then to fight for them in an even of any injuries while at work.