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New York City Increases Safety Measures for Construction Workers

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On May 10, several bills were signed into law which increases safety conditions for New York City's construction workers. The approved bills include increases in injury reporting requirements, crane-related safety measures, and the requirement of a construction superintendent and onsite safety plan for any building project that is three stories or higher.

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Construction Injuries Under New York Law

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One look at the New York City skyline can tell you that the city is currently undergoing a building boom. With more and more construction projects beginning each month, construction worker injuries and deaths are on the rise. The growing number of deaths and injuries were brought to the attention of New Yorkers on January 31st, when thousands of New York City construction workers assembled to mourn the tragic loss of 30 workers who died in construction related accidents over the past two years. With the upsurge of construction site related injuries and deaths, it is important for workers employed in construction to be aware of their rights and remedies.

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Brooklyn Construction Site Wall Collapses Leading to Tragic Death of 19-Year-Old Worker

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Another construction tragedy recently occurred in New York City.  At a Bed-Stuy construction site, a cinder block wall collapsed killing a 19-year-old construction worker and injuring two others.  At the site, a one-story commercial building was being converted into a five-story structure that would also include residential units.  The cinder wall was designed to hold back soil at the bottom of the building, but was not properly stabilized.    

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New York Times Article Sheds Light on the Construction Site Safety Violations that Caused “Completely Avoidable” Fatal Accidents

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It has been widely publicized in the media that the rate of death and injury at construction sites has risen dramatically over the last two years.  A recent New York Times expose has shed light on the matter after two years of investigations.  According to the Times, although the rate of building has increased throughout the city by 11% in the last fiscal year, the 52% inc

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Construction Worker Dead After Roofing Accident

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A 52-year-old construction worker, who specialized in iron working, was killed on, February 24, 2015, when steel beams intended for the new environmentally-friendly roof at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center fell off and stuck him.

According to reports, the worker was part of a team installing the vegetative green roofing near the Atlantic Avenue side of the arena around 1 p.m. when four beams, also called joists, rolled off a work truck before they were fastened to a crane to hoist them into place. 

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Elevator Drops Injuring Two People

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Two construction workers were injured Wednesday August 6th, 2014, in Greenwich Village when elevator cables snapped, causing the elevator to drop half a floor. The workers were part of a 12-apartment renovation at the 56 West 11th St. apartment building.

According to reports, the workers had opened up the elevator car's ceiling hatch and had pushed pipes through the hatch.  When the pipes got tangled in the cables it caused the cables to snap.   

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Brooklyn Building Collapses During Construction

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An increase in construction around New York City and its surrounding boroughs is generally viewed as a sign of an economic rebound. In recent years, New York has seen a dramatic increase in residential high-rise construction, hotel redevelopment, the initiation of large transportation projects, as well as an increase in construction projects in general. It is certainly a good economic indicator for New Yorkers that we are starting new buildings and that construction workers are given more opportunities in their profession.

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Metro Employee Killed by Train in New York

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With the sheer number of New Yorkers that use public transportation every day, it should come as no shock that the majority of individuals believe public transportation is one of the safest modes there is. Countless deadly car crashes and truck accidents are reported each day, but rarely are there any bus or train accidents right? Wrong, and disturbingly, the numbers are only increasing.

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Construction Workplace Injury in Queens

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Although, every construction worker goes to work fully aware of these possible dangers, this type of career choice holds certain occupational hazards which often lead to workplace accidents. These accidents may result in personal injuries. 

This was the environment for a construction worker, this past June, in Queens New York. A construction worker was pulled from a 25-foot trench by firefighters after a rescue effort that went on for more than two hours at a site where work was supposed to be suspended. 

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