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Construction worker falls and dies near Grand Central Terminal

Sadly, another New York City construction worker has perished on the job. This time, it was a 49-year-old worker who lost his life after plummeting from the fifth floor to the second floor of a midtown building.

The tragic May 18 accident occurred at 333 Madison Avenue, between 43rd and 44th streets, right next to Grand Central Terminal, according to an story citing an NYPD report. The building will house the entrepreneur-focused Grand Central Tech, according to the story.

SoHo crane mishap: Construction worker killed in Manhattan

Another crane accident, another dead worker. This time, it was 34-year-old Gregory Echevarria who tragically lost his life after he was hit by a crane counterweight at a SoHo construction site, according to U.S. News

The fatal injury occurred during a horrible week in which three construction workers were killed on the job in New York City. The U.S. News article indicated that the accident occurred in the early hours of April 13 when Echevarria and his colleagues were setting up a crane on a site near Varick and Broome streets. 

Construction worker fatally struck by a stone on Upper East Side

Three New York City construction workers were killed on the job within days of each other. In one of the tragedies, a worker was found unconscious on a scaffold at an Upper East Side building, the victim of head trauma after an object fell and struck him.

The worker, 51-year-old Nelson Salinas, was hit on the head by a loose copestone while working at 311 East 50th Street, according to a recent Gothamist story. Mr. Salinas, who lived in Queens, was performing facade repairs, NBC New York reported. 

NYC construction injuries: An average of two reported per day

New York City construction workers continue to get hurt and killed on the job. And the city's new mandatory-training law may not be helping the statistics.

Construction injuries and deaths have increased in recent years, according to a City & State article. Despite the 2017 passage of Local Law 196, which mandated safety training for workers and supervisors, the frequency of accidents appears to be on the rise. Unfortunately, 744 injury events were reported during the 2017-2018 fiscal year, per the article's reference to a Department of Buildings (DOB) report. That's an average of more than two injuries per day and is more than three times higher than a reported 212 injuries from Mayor de Blasio's first year in office. 

Why was 2018 worse than 2017 for construction worker safety?

Construction is New York City's most lethal industry, according to recent reports. And things don't seem to be improving, even with a massive influx of money and brisk growth.

According to an article in The Architect's Newspaper, 671 workers were hurt in the city in 2017; that number jumped to 761 in 2018 -- and those figures represent only the injuries that were reported. The paper reported that the number of worker fatalities held steady over the two years, hovering at around 20 per year. 

Two Brooklyn construction workers are victims of on-site shooting

Every day, New York City construction workers are subjected to a variety of dangers, many of which are preventable. Though falls from heights and falling objects injure and kill numerous workers every year, sometimes violence strikes on NYC construction sites.

In February, a tragic Coney Island shooting changed the lives of two construction workers as they were doing their jobs, according to an NBC New York story. The incident, in which both victims were struck by stray bullets, left a grandmother dead and another worker wounded in the wake of a nearby fight that culminated in gunfire, NBC New York said.

Collapsing scaffold injures hot dog vendor in Downtown Brooklyn

While we have blogging for years about failing construction scaffolds in New York City, the ongoing incidence of preventable scaffolding accidents continues to shock us. Many construction workers do their jobs in unsafe conditions, but innocent passers-by also find themselves seriously injured near construction sites, often because of collapsing scaffolds and other objects that never should have come down.

Construction worker crushed, loses legs in Long Island accident

Many New York construction workers are subjected to dangerous conditions that put their well-being (and sometimes their lives) at risk. A recent Daily News story described a horrific Long Island construction accident that left a worker with both legs severed below the knee.

When the accident occurred, the 39-year-old victim was working for Grace Industries, which was installing a gas main under a street in Roslyn Heights, according to the Daily News. A steel plate struck the worker, knocking him into a hole, and then landed on him, the story said.

OSHA cites company over Harlem crane mishap that hurt two workers

You may recall the 2018 mini-crane accident that seriously injured two workers on East 126th Street and that led to criminal charges against two of their supervisors. In a previous post, we shared that one of the workers suffered a brain injury and the other experienced a spinal injury because of what appeared to be profound negligence on the part of the contractor.

Two managers with the Harlem project's contractor, which had been hired to install the facade on an 11-story residential building, were charged with crimes because of their failure to keep workers safe. And now the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited that contractor for endangering its employees.

Construction worker assaulted on the job in Hell's Kitchen

New York City construction workers face a bevy of dangers on the job. Falls from heights, falling objects, collapsing scaffolds and equipment failure are common hazards that lead to many preventable injuries (and a number of deaths) each year.

Sadly, other unforeseen hazards can befall hard-working men and women on construction sites in the city. In the recent case of one worker, human aggression and hatred were blamed for a serious injury while he was simply doing his job on Manhattan's West Side, according to the New York Daily News.

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    for 33-year old electrician who fell from ladder while attempting to fit heavy cable into crown box when cable sprung back and struck him, causing him to suffer left shoulder injury with impingement.

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    during trial for 40-year old sheet metal worker who was struck in the neck and shoulder by an air conditioning unit and suffered herniated cervical discs and cervical radiculopathy.

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