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Construction Accidents Archives

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.

Construction Worker Killed in Deadly Manhattan Fall at Maiden Avenue Luxury Building

A 44 year-old construction worker fell 29 floors while working during the construction of a new luxury apartment building in lower Manhattan. The unidentified worker was working on Maiden Avenue, at a building called "1 Seaport," at 9:25 am when he tragically fell. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a report from Eyewitness News.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the now deceased worker. This is a terribly sad story.

Accident at Astoria Home Injures 3 Construction Workers

A contractor and site superintendent were suspended following the June 20th collapse of thousands of pounds of building material from the roof of a Queens building, which trapped and seriously injured three construction workers. In response to the disaster, the city has issued suspensions to the general contractor, Ideal Builders and Construction and its site superintendent, Fazal Hassan.

Falling from heights commonly cause of construction accidents

Falls from heights are a major type of construction accident in New York City and nationwide. The types of construction accidents involving falls from heights are wide and varied. One example occurred recently in another state when four construction workers were injured at a site where they were building an addition to an existing building.