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  • Construction near the High Line in Manhattan

    Construction near the High Line in Manhattan

    Injuries and deaths at construction sites rose sharply in Fiscal Year 2015, to the highest levels in years. [more]

  • Carlos Moncayo and the Restoration Hardware site at 9-19 Ninth Avenue (credit: New York District Attorney's Office)

    Carlos Moncayo and the Restoration Hardware site at 9-19 Ninth Avenue (credit: New York District Attorney’s Office)

    Kenneth Hart, whose Harco Construction is facing criminal charges for the April death of a worker at the Restoration Hardware site in Chelsea, lost his Department of Buildings license after amassing 30 safety violations in the past two years.

    After launching a new enforcement effort in the wake of worker Carlos Moncayo’s death on April 6, the Department of Buildings found eight of Hart’s job sites citywide had been deemed “immediately hazardous” over the past two years. Harco Construction is now no longer allowed to operate in the city, according to the city. [more]

  • The scene at 317 Madison Avenue (Credit: @MDiamond8 via Twitter)

    The scene at 317 Madison Avenue (Credit: @MDiamond8 via Twitter)

    UPDATED, 5:30 p.m., July 24: Two construction workers were injured this morning while performing demolition work at SL Green Realty’s 317 Madison Avenue. The property lies on the site of SL Green’s upcoming One Vanderbilt tower, and it’s the second construction accident since work began in March.  [more]

  • The site of the collapsed crane at 261 Madison Avenue

    The site of the collapsed crane at 261 Madison Avenue

    Construction-related incidents have killed eight people so far this year, which is as much as all of 2014.  The last time the number of fatalities was this high was in 2008, the New York Times reported, at the height of the last building boom.

    “The more jobs we have, it either means fewer workers doing more work, or more new workers who may not have as much experience or training,” Richard Anderson, president of the New York Building Congress, told the newspaper.  [more]

  • Macho-construction1

    From left: Lunch atop a Skyscraper (1932), “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and an Instagram atop 432 Park Avenue (Credit: NOIS7)

    From the iconic black-and-white photos of construction workers lunching on steel crossbeams to daredevils’ outlaw Instagram shots snapped from atop rising skyscrapers, there are certain bragging rights that come with risking one’s neck high above Manhattan.

    But what these pictures fail to capture is the many – and often deadly – falls that happen on construction sites. Amid the recent discussions surrounding construction safety there is a consensus among industry experts that the jobs would be safer if the brawny hardhats that fill them would give up long-held, “macho” attitudes about their jobs and get in line with safety programs. [more]

  • OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels, a rendering of the Riu Hotel and Charlene Obernauer, executive director of NYCOSH

    OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels, a rendering of the Riu Hotel and Charlene Obernauer, executive director of NYCOSH

    Midway through a year in which construction-site deaths are set to reach their largest numbers since the height of the last real estate boom, advocates are placing blame on employers and the regulators tasked with overseeing them. [more]

  • Rendering of a new hotel at 301 West 46th Street in Midtown

    Rendering of a new hotel at 301 West 46th Street in Midtown

    A 25-year-old construction worker died Tuesday after falling 24 stories down an elevator shaft at the site of a new luxury hotel in Midtown.

    The accident occurred at what will be the Riu Hotel Times Square at 301 West 46th Street, according to the New York Daily News. The unidentified man was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he died at 1:26 p.m., the newspaper reported. [more]

  • From left: Rendering of 219 East 44th Street and the scene on Friday morning (Credit: @andyjayhawk)

    From left: Rendering of 219 East 44th Street and the scene on Friday morning (Credit: @andyjayhawk)

    A construction worker was killed Friday morning in a crane collapse at the construction site of the Raber Enterprises-developed Even Hotel on East 44th Street. [more]

  • A rendering of Greenwich Lane in the West Village (credit: FXFOWLE)

    A rendering of Greenwich Lane in the West Village (credit: FXFOWLE)

    An analysis of Department of Buildings data shows that an average of one passerby per month is injured in a New York City construction accident. [more]

  • 360 Neptune Avenue in Brighton Beach and Vidal Sanchez-Roman (credit: Sanchez-Roman family via NBC)

    A 50-year-old construction worker fell several stories to his death at a Brighton Beach development site yesterday.

    Vidal Sanchez-Roman was working at 360 Neptune Avenue when he fell, in what has initially been determined to be an accident. Medical examiners declared him dead at the scene. An investigation is still ongoing. [more]

  • Greenwich Lane construction in the West Village (inset: Tram-Thuy Nguyen)

    Greenwich Lane construction in the West Village (inset: Tram-Thuy Nguyen)

    Manhattan’s Community Board 2 is calling on the city to take greater precautions to prevent construction accidents in order to minimize tragedies like last week’s death at the Greenwich Lane site. [more]

  • Greenwich Lane Rudin

    Bill Rudin (credit: STUDIO SCRIVO) and the Greenwich Lane project

    UPDATED, 4:10 p.m., March 19: A woman was fatally struck Tuesday by a piece of plywood from the Greenwich Lane construction site. The Rudin family and Eyal Ofer’s Global Holdings are converting the former site of St. Vincent’s Hospital into luxury condominiums and townhomes, spanning West 11th and 12th Streets along Seventh Avenue. Though this was the first fatality associated with the project, it is far from the first serious incident. [more]

  • Greenwich Lane

    Rendering of the Greenwich Lane (credit: FXFOWLE)

    UPDATED, 1:45 p.m., March 18: A 37-year-old woman was fatally struck by a piece of plywood blown from the Greenwich Lane, the Rudin family and Global Holdings’ condominium conversion of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital in the West Village.

    Tina Nguyen, an agent at real estate brokerage Keller Williams, was walking on the sidewalk and talking on her cell phone around 5:50 p.m. Tuesday when the incident occurred. The winds of up to 38 miles per hour shoved her into a wall at a parking garage at 175 West 12th Street. She died at Bellevue Hospital from head trauma. [more]

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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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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