FindLaw KnowledgeBasePublished: 2012-03-01
Thanks to safety rules that were implemented by the New York City Department of Buildings in 2008, construction sites around the city are becoming increasingly safer. According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Buildings Commissioner, in 2011, there was an 18 percent drop in New York City construction accidents from the previous year — with accidents decreasing from 157 in 2010 to 128 in 2011. In addition, the number of construction-related injuries fell from 165 in 2010 to 152 in 2011 — a decrease of 7.8 percent.
What has not decreased, however, is the amount of construction that has been taking place in New York City. Contracting permits — including those for new buildings, and major or minor demolition on existing structures — increased 7.7 percent in 2011. According to Mayor Bloomberg, in 2010 there were 80,675 construction permits issued, and the amount of permits jumped to 86,895 in 2011.
Mayor Bloomberg stated, “The good news is even as construction activity rose by nearly eight percent last year, the number of construction-related accidents fell by more than 18 percent.” The Mayor said those involved “have done a remarkable job making construction sites safer for those who use them, while making it easier and more efficient for businesses to create jobs and get projects off the ground.”
Safety Measures Making Construction Sites Safer
In order to keep construction workers safe, the Department of Buildings implemented the following safety initiatives.
- Safety requirements were expanded for the construction industry for the first time in 40 years
- Smoking was banned on all construction sites
- A Stalled Sites Unit was created to inspect over 14,000 stalled construction sites in order to ensure that they were safe for workers
- A safety campaign was launched to teach construction workers about things like using harnesses and preventing falls
Know Your Rights
If you have been injured in a construction accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you pursue compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages. Whether the accident was caused by falling from a ladder or scaffolding, fire, hazardous materials or falling debris, an attorney can help you get the compensation that you deserve.