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 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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.