NYC Construction Injuries Have Declined
Though the construction industry only makes up a small percentage of jobs available in the workforce, it routinely has a higher percentage of injuries on average. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one in ten construction workers is injured every year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are about 150,000 construction site accident injuries every year.
Fall hazards are one of the leading causes of injury and death on construction sites. Contact with equipment was also a significant source of injury for construction workers. 15% of workers’ compensation costs go towards a worker who was injured while on a construction site. Thankfully, as the NY Daily News reports, construction injuries fell in New York City even as construction boomed.
During the first 10 months of the year, the city saw a quarter fewer construction injuries, even as a construction boom continued.
From January through October 2018, there were 672 construction injuries. This year, during the same time frame, there were only 507 injuries. This constitutes a 25% drop.
At the same time, the Department of Buildings issued the same number of construction permits.
While then number of injuries fell, the number of construction fatalities stayed flat. During the same 10-month period in 2018, there were 11 construction fatalities. In the same time period for this year, there were 10 deaths.
The decrease in injuries may be related to the launch of a new safety compliance unit in the Department of Buildings.