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Construction Tops List Of On-The-Job Accidents In New York City

Based on recent data released by the City, living and working in New York City is an accident waiting to happen. In January, city officials released a report, “Summary of Vital Statistics 2008.” The report contains, among other things, the most recent data on accidental deaths occurring in New York City.

Here are some of the report’s highlights:

  • Construction topped the list of on-the-job accidents. During 2008, 90 people died due to accidents at work. Of those, 34.4 percent, or 31 people, worked in construction.
  • More than half of the 31 construction deaths were due to falls. Other causes of death included equipment failure and negligence.
  • Trade/transportation accounted for more than a quarter of all job-related fatal accidents — 26.7 percent.

Mitchell J. Sassower and D. Carl Lustig III, partners in the law firm of Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., commented on those statistics. Sassower said he was “not surprised that so many fatal construction accidents were due to falls. That is why there is a continued need for special protection for construction workers who are working at heights on ladders and scaffolds.” Lustig agreed and added, “Individuals who are injured while on the job should visit a qualified, experienced accident attorney to see that their rights are protected. Our website at is a good place to start.”

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