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Construction Accidents Continue to Rise in New York

December 1, 2016 Construction Accidents

Injured NYC construction workers should seek help from a workers’ compensation law firm so they can determine what options they have available to receive benefits and recover compensation.  Unfortunately, an increasing number of construction workers and their families are facing tragic situations where they need workers’ compensation coverage because of injuries or fatalities on the job.

What’s Leading to the Upward Trend?

Construction accident deaths are on the rise in New York for the fourth year in a row, according to The Real Deal.  Construction accident rates in the city have been going up since 2012 when the economy improved and a construction boom began within New York City.  The construction boom was also encouraged by an expiring tax abatement program, as developers rushed to build while they could still obtain tax advantages.

While the increase in builds, and resulting increase in accidents, has been occurring for four years now, over the past year, the upward trend in construction accidents has been especially significant.  In the 12 months prior to June of 2016, the most recent month for which data is published, there were 526 construction-related injuries. In the same time period during the prior year, there were 324 construction related injuries. This is a 62 percent increase in the number of incidents in which someone was hurt on a construction site or while performing construction work.

Unfortunately, the increase cannot be blamed on the rise in new construction alone, as The Real Deal reports that the rise in construction accident rates has outpaced the growth of new construction jobs during the past four years.

During the time when the 62 percent increase in construction incidents occurred, for example, there was only an 8.8 percent increase in the number of employees working in the construction field.  The total increase in construction-related accidents since 2012 has also significantly outpaced the increased construction hiring that has occurred due to NY’s building boom. Since 2012, the number of construction injuries have almost tripled while there has only been a 35 percent increase in construction jobs.

With the rate of construction accidents outpacing industry growth so significantly, concerns have been increasing about the “shoddy state of construction safety in the city.” When a falling crane resulted in the death of a passerby recently, the incident helped to raise the alarm to the public at large about problems with unsafe construction sites.

After this incident, which occurred in February, the Department of Buildings began cracking down and issued a record number of stop work orders for construction environments which were unsafe.  Unfortunately, the accident rate is still much higher this year than last year, and construction workers are suffering because of it.

As the death toll rises and injury rates increase, it becomes essential for every construction worker to know his or her rights if and when an injury occurs. If you are hurt or someone you love is killed while working construction, reach out to the New York construction accident lawyers at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff for assistance as soon as possible following the injury.