The New York lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have frequently discussed worker safety laws in this space. Often, the opponents of New York's worker safety laws try to portray a parallel they claim exists between strong worker safety protections and a lack of construction development. New York City has shown this argument to be patently false.
A recent article in the New York Daily News has highlighted the recent surge in construction activity that has taken place in New York City. In fact, the article described the activity as returning to the boom-time levels of 2007 and 2008. Recent forecasts for construction spending suggest that nearly $33 billion will be spent on construction in 2014 alone. That represents a 17% increase from the lofty levels that were reached in 2013.