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Construction Accidents Archives

Two Charged with Safety Violations after Harlem Crane Accident

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has levied charges of felony assault and reckless endangerment against two construction company managers for the East Harlem crane accident which left two construction workers with life-altering brain and spinal injuries and occurred on June 25th, 2018.

Construction Worker Luis Almonte Killed in Wall Collapse at Sunset Park

Tragedy struck Wednesday, September 12th when a retaining wall above a trench at a construction site collapsed, leaving one worker trapped under the debris. Despite extensive rescue efforts, the search had to be postponed due to rain before they were able to locate the worker, and the FDNY is now characterizing the operation as a recovery, rather than a rescue.

NYC Construction Accidents up 17%, Fatalities Doubled in 2018

By December 1st of 2018, New York City construction workers and supervisors will be required to have logged an additional 40 and 62 hours of safety training respectively to comply with the recently passed bill known as Local Law 196. Employers need to provide this training now more than ever, as new data reveals that NYC construction accidents are up 17% and have caused 8 fatalities in the first 7 months of 2018, double the amount of deaths over the same time frame in 2017.

National Campaign for Fall Prevention: Key Safety Initiatives for Contractors and Workers

Countless hazards exist in the construction industry, but the biggest, by far, is gravity. Falls accounted for nearly half of all construction injuries - and more than one-third of fatalities - in both 2015 and 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). They also rank highest among construction's "Fatal Four" (the four leading causes of death among workers).

Jorge Castaneda Crushed to Death by Forklift at Bushwick Work Site

At around 3pm on Saturday March 10, a hardhat was horrifyingly crushed to death by a forklift at a work site in Bushwick, Brooklyn. According to the New York Daily News, 46-year-old construction worker Jorge Castaneda was walking between a forklift and a flatbed truck when the forklift, carrying a payload of scaffolding pipes, tipped over. Pinned between the two vehicles, Castaneda was trapped and fatally crushed.

New York State Construction Fatality Rate Skyrocketed in Past 5 Years

Alarmingly, the construction fatality rate in New York State skyrocketed in 2016, according to the latest Deadly Skyline report by New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH). 71 construction workers were killed in New York State in 2016 alone - a staggering number that the state hasn't seen since 2002. According to NYCOSH, there was a steep increase in the fatality rate far beyond the increase in labor, creating an "epidemic of construction fatalities."

Shifts In NYC's Construction Safety Landscape For 2018

As we enter the new year, construction safety continues to be a priority for New York City officials, and rightly so. Two major changes to the city code will have a big effect on the industry. One aims to reduce accidents by imposing heightened training requirements. The other, however, limits the financial penalties the city can pursue against negligent parties in serious or fatal construction accidents.