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Construction Work One Of The Most Dangerous Industries, Has “Fatal Four” Accidents

According to the Occupational Health & Safety Administration, there were 5,147 workers killed on the job in 2017. This equates to, on average, 99 deaths per week, or more than 14 deaths per day. The highest percentage of deaths were seen in the construction industry, with 20.7%. The “fatal four” accidents in construction work include falls, struck by object, electrocution, and caught in/between. The highest percentage of deaths in the construction industry is caused by falls, followed by being struck by an object. OSHA estimates that if the “fatal four” construction accidents were eliminated; it could save 582 lives each year.

The Libertarian reports on the construction industry in New York and the need for an overhaul.

Many jobs give higher wages to those working in dangerous positions or industries. The construction industry is one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation, but workers often receive little more than minimum wage. Early in January of 2019, council member Ben Kallos proposed a bill calling for the requirement of prevailing wages for construction workers who are developing projects which have received government subsidies. The bill also calls for classroom training as well as on-the-job training in accident prevention.

New York City’s most fatal occupation is construction. In 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 20 fatalities. However, the NYC Department of Buildings reported only 12. Despite recently passed safety laws, preliminary numbers indicate that construction-related deaths rose in 2018.

 

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