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  • Screengrab of a scaffold collapse on East 65th Street

    Screen grab of a scaffold collapse on East 65th Street

    A long-standing state law that puts the onus of scaffolding-related construction accidents on contractors is being challenged in court, the New York Daily News reported.

    The Scaffold Law is the last of its kind in the country and stipulates that if a construction worker using scaffolding or a ladder is injured, the burden is on the contractor to prove the job site was safe. [more]

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  • Scaffolding

    Builders and insurers alike are calling for an end to a 19th century New York State statute that keeps construction insurance premiums at roughly double the cost of those in nearby states, Crain’s reported.

    The statute, known as the scaffold law, is expected to add tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars to the $1.5 billion project to replace the Goethals Bridge. It is also expect to add some $200 million dollars in insurance costs to the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee bridge project, according to Kevin Dolan, a senior vice president at Alliant Insurance Services. [more]

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  • NYC workplace fatalities up in 2010

    October 24, 2011 12:18PM

    Six New York City construction workers died from falls in 2010, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    There were 68 fatal, work-related injuries in New York City in total last year, an increase of five from an all-time low of just 63 in 2009. Nationwide, workplace fatalities totaled 4,547 last year, according to the government’s preliminary statistics, a similar figure to the 2009 total, which was 4,551.

    While homicides accounted for 15 of the 68 fatal injuries in New York City (in the early days of the survey in 1992, homicides accounted for around 119), self-inflicted injuries accounted for 15 deaths. The number of fatal falls to a lower level rose from five in 2009 to 13 in 2010. Almost half of those falls, six, happened in the construction industry. -- Katherine Clarke[more]

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  • Construction accidents drop 28% in 2010

    January 11, 2011 12:43PM

    Construction-related accidents in New York City declined 28 percent in 2010 compared to the previous year, Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri announced today. In 2010, there were 157 reported construction-related accidents, compared to 218 in 2009, a decrease that the city attributes to stricter safety requirements and greater outreach to the members of the industry. There were four fatal construction-related accidents in 2010, a 78 percent decrease from 2008. Meanwhile, new construction permits for new buildings citywide declined 7 percent, to 1,517 in 2010 from 1,635 in 2009. … [more]

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  • One worker was killed and three injured this morning after a cinder block wall collapsed at a Queens construction site, according to the New York Times. The five-story Elmhurst development, located at 85-02 Queens Boulevard, is in its early stages, according to a spokesperson for the city Department of Buildings. It was not immediately clear what kind of development the building is, and general contractor H. Rock Corporation declined to comment. … [more]

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  • A construction worker at the World Trade Center site fell 20 feet, sustaining injuries to the head, neck and back. A New York City Fire Department crew dispatched to assist the injured construction worker at was barred from entering the vicinity, according to a spokesperson for the FDNY, after personnel at the WTC site called for emergency backup. But when the FDNY arrived at the scene, officials from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey allegedly blocked them from the site, instead insisting that the injured worker be transported by EMS workers outside the accident area. … [more]

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  • The number of construction deaths dropped roughly 80 percent last year compared to 2008, according to data released today by the Department of Buildings, even though the number of accidents increased. There were three fatalities in 2009 compared to 19 in 2008, DOB said. The three deaths include two cases in which a worker fell to his death — one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn — and the third was due to the collapse of a concrete wall in Staten Island. Meanwhile, the total number of reported construction accidents rose to 224 in 2009 from 151 in 2008, according to DOB. The department ramped up its safety efforts last year including increasing its oversight of high-risk construction operations and implementing new safety awareness programs and initiatives. The number of initial permits issued for major construction decreased 33 percent in 2009. TRD

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  • Construction accidents up 40 percent

    September 21, 2009 12:04PM

    New York City construction accidents have spiked 40 percent this year through last Friday, up to 158 incidents, compared to the same time period in 2008, according to the Department of Buildings. The number of on-site injuries also increased by 30 percent. An early report on the data attributes the increase in accidents to the rising number of workers falling on the job — the number of worker falls has doubled since last year, according to the report. Some in the department also say that construction workers and foremen have been more vigilant about reporting incidents, which would account for the higher number recorded. “There is a heightened awareness of safety throughout the construction industry, which has prompted the reporting of more incidents,” Tony Sclafani, a buildings department spokesperson, said.

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