Construction accidents drop 28% in 2010

TRD New York /
Jan.January 11, 2011 12:43 PM

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. Meanwhile, 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.

DOB inspectors and engineers are investigating an accident which left one worker dead and three injured at 84-18 Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst, Queens yesterday when a concrete wall collapsed. A stop work order has been issued at the site. “The decrease in accidents in 2010 shows that construction can be done safer, but yesterday’s tragic incident is a reminder of how dangerous this work can be,” said LiMandri. “Many contractors and developers have added new safety measures to better safeguard their sites, such as cocoon systems to prevent falling debris, but there are some who continue to take shortcuts. Taking proper safety precautions can mean the difference between life and death.” TRD


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
A construction worker at One Vanderbilt in August (Getty)

City reports decline in construction-related injuries, deaths

City reports decline in construction-related injuries, deaths
Melanie La Rocca (iStock)

City moves to speed opening of new and renovated properties

City moves to speed opening of new and renovated properties
729 Seventh Avenue and Erica Tishman (Google Maps, Getty)

Husband of falling-facade victim files wrongful-death suit

Husband of falling-facade victim files wrongful-death suit
348 Court Street (Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

Collapses raise questions about safety-law exemption

Collapses raise questions about safety-law exemption
136 East 36 Street and 211 East 34th Street (CitizenApp)

Midtown scaffolding collapse kills one, hours after building crumbles nearby

Midtown scaffolding collapse kills one, hours after building crumbles nearby
1323 Boston Road, Jeff Fox (Credit: Google Maps)

Foxy Management plans another Bronx senior housing project

Foxy Management plans another Bronx senior housing project
An aerial of 700 Atlantic Avenue with Greenland USA CEO Hu Gang (Credit: Google Maps; Gang via CGCC)

Greenland plans 41-story resi tower at Pacific Park

Greenland plans 41-story resi tower at Pacific Park
DOB Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca (Credit: iStock)

City tweaks affordable housing construction rules to comply with state guidelines

City tweaks affordable housing construction rules to comply with state guidelines
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...