Increased Numbers Of Construction Worker Deaths
The statistics surrounding construction site accidents are shocking. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), one in ten construction site workers is injured every year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that there are some 150,000 construction site accidents each year, falls were the leading cause of injury. Contact with equipment was also a significant cause of injury. Workers between the ages of 25 and 34 are the most likely to be involved in an accident on a construction site. 15% of all worker’s compensation claims are comprised of workers injured at construction sites.
CBS Local New York reports on the rise in New York City construction worker deaths.
Gaby Otoya lost her husband, a 66-year-old construction foreman in a construction site accident last September. He was working on a site on the Upper East Side. Otoya’s family joined thousands in St. Patrick’s Cathedral to mourn the 16 workers who died in construction site accidents in the past year.
According to the Bureau of Labor, construction is the deadliest industry in New York. There have been three deaths this month alone, including one worker who was crushed by a crane in SoHo. Another was killed by falling debris on Manhattan’s east side. Compared to five years ago, construction site deaths are up 33% and worksite injuries are up 221%.
There are roughly 45,000 construction sites in the city. About a quarter of them are not in compliance with safety standards set by the Department of Buildings.
At the current time, workers are only required to have 10 hours of safety training. By 2020, that number will go up to 40 hours. When inspectors find construction workers without the proper training, the property owner, the contractor, and the employer will be fined $5,000 each.