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City council to look into dangerous conditions in construction

While construction work can be rewarding and those who do it for a living will state how productive they feel when taking part in a project, there is no doubt that working construction in New York can be dangerous. Considering the potential for dangerous conditions, falls, the need to use heavy tools, a scaffolding or a ladder, it is not unusual for there to be injuries and fatalities in accidents throughout the industry. With that in mind New York legislators are calling for reforms to the manner in which the city approaches worker safety.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito as well as 17 members of the City Council are behind a hearing that will look into legislation to improve the safety for those who work in construction and prevent accidents such as the one that occurred just recently and killed two men working on a job site. It was recently reported that the city does not take part in sufficient analysis or investigation of fatal construction accidents. In fact, it does not even count them. The Department of Buildings' provided statistics from 2015 that failed to report a third of the fatalities.

The workers who died in the above-linked incident were employed via a subcontractor that was cited in a 2015 death that was not considered to be in the city's jurisdiction to conduct an investigation. Mayor Bill de Blasio says that the deaths that are not addressed by the city are done so by the federal government. Since 2012, the number of construction injuries and deaths has risen. However, this is based on the incomplete count by the Department of Buildings'. It is believed that the increased cost of land in the city has led to construction companies trying to save money wherever they can and are doing so by using cheap labor.

Workers who might not be in the country legally, are not unionized, or are not properly trained are being placed in situations that can lead to danger, injury and death. With these issues coming to the forefront, those who suffer catastrophic injuries or lose a loved one in a construction accident need to understand how this information might help them in a legal filing. For assistance with litigation, it is important to discuss the matter with an experienced legal professional to know the next step toward filing a claim.

Source: Crain's, "Council will examine construction deaths issue," Rosa Goldensohn, Joe Anuta, Dec. 5, 2016

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