Regular readers will recall that not long ago we shared the top 10 workplace safety violations, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These violations far too often result in injuries to New York City construction workers and others.
Big business interests have for years tried to undermine the federal government's Occupational Health and Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. A local target by construction companies is New York's Scaffold Law. The goal is always the same, the opponents of safety regulations say: cut government red tape and save the taxpayers money.
A construction worker fell approximately 80 feet to his death at a Midtown hotel on April 2. The accident occurred at approximately 2:10 p.m. when the worker fell from scaffolding at 210 West 55th Street close to Broadway.
On Dec. 7, 2007, two brothers were cleaning the windows of a Manhattan high rise when their scaffold broke. One brother died. The other brother survived a 47-story plunge to the ground in the scaffold. He survived, despite serious injuries. Doctors at the time were surprised that the man survived the scaffold accident. But he survived, and recovered well enough that he has even completed a 5K walk for charity.
Working on scaffolds places construction employees high above the ground and at risk of injuries and death from falls. Because of this danger, New York lawmakers have enacted special legal protections for people who work on scaffolding. But contractors, insurers and property owners have long said the law is unfair, and they are now waging a new campaign against the law.
Could proper safety training have prevented a construction worker from dying in a fall at a New York University construction site? The 56-year-old man working for a construction company on a job site for façade repairs at a New York University building. He fell 70 feet onto the roof of a nearby building on a recent morning and died at Bellevue Hospital.