Even as the New York Department of Buildings has been boasting of an improved safety record, and a drop in the number of construction accidents, there has been a series of incidents in the sector recently. One such incident involved a scaffolding collapse in Queens.
Every year, more than 10,000 construction workers suffer eye injuries that are so bad that they require workers to be hospitalized and miss days off work. Construction workers are particularly susceptible to eye injury hazards, and many of these are preventable.
A construction crane accident involving a crane that slipped on the south side of the WTC tower under construction caused some property damage, but no injuries recently. The accident occurred when a beam was being lifted on the south side of the World Trade Center.
A worker was killed in a trench collapse accident that occurred at a New York City construction site recently. According to reports, the worker suffered serious injuries when he was buried by a collapsing wall in the trench. He was rushed to the hospital, but was declared dead.
Investigations have found several defects in a crane that was involved in a deadly construction accident at a Manhattan site earlier this month. The accident occurred when the upper section of the plane broke off, and fell. The accident killed a worker from New Jersey.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Brooklyn, New York-based construction company for scaffolding violations contributing to the near-fatal fall of a worker last year. The worker fortunately survived the 80-foot fall, but the agency found a number of violations including scaffolding maintenance and fall protection violations at the site.
The year 2011 had both good and bad news for New York construction accident lawyers. The good news was that there was an 18% drop in construction accidents across New York City between 2010 and 2011. The bad news was that this decline did not exactly translate into a sharp drop in fatalities. There were 5 deaths in construction accidents during the same period of time.
According to new research, the recession may have contributed to a decline in the number of orthopedic injuries in the construction workforce.
A New York court has dismissed the idea that state rules that are meant to protect the public are preempted by federal rules committed to protecting workers. The decision came in a claim that had been filed by the Steel Institute of New York.
The New York Department of Buildings is likely to issue citations to a demolition contractor after scaffolding at a site collapsed on a bus, injuring at least 17 people.