In the wake of the Great Recession, the number of new residential construction projects in New York City plummeted and remained stagnant from 2009 through 2011. Since that time, the city's economy has rebounded and today New York City is in the midst of a building boom. However, while such signs of economic progress are encouraging, they also often come at a price.
Prior to 2009, construction workers in the city were busier than ever. However, from 2008 to 2009, the number of new residential building permits issued by the Department of Buildings fell dramatically from a record high of roughly 33,000, to less than 5,000. Consequently, many construction workers were out of work and forced to find jobs in other industries. Fast-forward to today, and construction employers are scrambling to find skilled workers and, in an effort to maximize profits, routinely cut corners when it comes to safety.