close
Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C.

New York’s Premier Construction Accident And Personal Injury Lawyers

No Recovery = No Fee Free ConsultationsHablamos Español

Construction worker shortage raises safety concerns

In the wake of the 2008 great recession, the majority of construction projects throughout New York City and across the U.S. were put on indefinite hold. Fast forward to 2015 and cities across the U.S. are experiencing a building boom as demand for housing and commercial properties has increased substantially.

In fact, the U.S. construction industry reports that so far in 2015, spending for residential housing has increased by more than 11 percent and to nearly 10 percent for the commercial construction industry. While a strengthened and growing economy means there’s no shortage of home buyers and commercial lessors, what is in short supply are the skilled and experienced construction workers needed to build new housing and commercial developments.

A July survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors revealed that "86 percent of commercials builders said they were finding it difficult to fill hourly or salaried positions." The apparent shortage of skilled and experienced construction workers is the result of years of a stagnant construction market which forced many construction workers to find jobs in other industries.

In an effort to lure those workers back and to attract young new workers, so far this year, construction employers have increased hourly pay rates by 2.6 percent. Despite this, some within the commercial construction industry report having to rely on "hiring fewer skilled workers and more supervisors to oversee them." Additionally, some construction firms are turning to technology and using GPS systems and drones in an effort to "do more with fewer workers."

These types of admissions raise legitimate concerns about the safety of construction workers, construction sites and of the buildings that these workers are constructing. In New York City, these concerns are very real and warranted as "construction-related injuries rose by 34 percent, from 211 in Fiscal Year 2014 to 283 in F.Y. 2015."

Source: Forbes, "There’s a dire shortage of workers in this growing industry," Claire Zillman, Aug. 27, 2015

Capital New York, "Construction injuries jumped 34 percent in a year, data shows," Sally Goldenberg, Aug. 27, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Case Results

Since 1965, we’ve recovered over $1 BILLION on behalf of our clients. read more
  • $2.1 million settlement

    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.

  • $1.6 million settlement

    for 38-year old electrician who slipped and fell on debris on stairway with resulting cervical herniated disc and aggravation of pre-existing arthritic changes.

  • $2.55 million settlement

    for 42-year old electrician who fell into an uncovered, unprotected hole and suffered a severe low back injury with herniated disc(s) that required surgery at L4-5 and L5-S1 levels.

  • $1.75 million settlement

    for 26-year old construction worker who fell through opening in roof and fractured his wrist, requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation, external fixation device, and eventual fusion.

  • $2.5 million settlement

    for 38-year old female electrician (with history of prior neck injury) who tripped on uneven Masonite protective floor covering, and suffered neck injury with herniated discs requiring cervical fusion.

  • $1.2 million settlement

    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.

*AV Preeminent is the highest rating of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

New York’s Premier Construction Accident And Personal Injury Lawyers
Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C.
Tell us how we’re doing: Review Us

20 Vesey Street
Suite #1010
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-732-4992
New York Law Office Map

Email Our Firm
New Cases: 800-574-4LAW
Follow us on:
Map
No Recovery = No FeeFree ConsultationsHablamos Español
Call Today : 800-574-4LAW