New York City is in the middle of a construction boom. Buildings are being renovated and built at an incredible rate. Once-empty lots of land are filling up with incredible new structures, and once-dilapidated buildings are transforming before our very eyes into beautiful pieces of architecture. All of this construction seems like a good thing, and for the most part, it is. It means people have jobs, businesses are doing well and the whole city is looking better as a result.
But this construction boom hasn't occurred without serious consequences, most notably to the people who perform the labor on these projects. Construction deaths have skyrocketed in New York City, and many of these people are undocumented immigrants. The scariest part about these fatal accidents is that they exceed the rate of new construction. That shouldn't be happening, and officials say it is a clear indicator that stricter regulations and new safety laws need to be put in place.