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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. 

What do the statistics say about danger?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, in its report on 2017 fatal occupational injuries in New York City, affirms that the private construction industry is the most deadly. Within the construction sector, approximately 55 percent of fatalities occurred in the context of building construction. By category of accident (including all industries), falls, slips and trips produced the highest number of fatal injuries to workers, at 36 percent of all deaths tabulated. 

Why aren't things getting safer for construction workers?

This question is asked often by workers, the families of workers, industry analysts, government leaders and many others. Greed and apathy can be blamed in many cases; insufficient financial penalties for irresponsible contractors and project owners may be a factor; despite a new city law mandating training for workers, weak training and enforcement of training rules is also mentioned when answers are suggested. To us, the essence of the problem is a lack of concern for the lives of workers.   

What can I do if my family has experienced the effects of an injury?

You can (and should) take action to protect yourself and your loved ones. Speaking with a legal professional about your situation is a good start. Every situation is different, so be sure to discuss the details of your accident with someone who can help.

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  • $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.

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    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.

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    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.

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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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