After a recent crane collapse that claimed the life of one man, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier this week a series of new safety policies designed to prevent similar accidents in the future.
There is no disputing it, cellphone use and texting while driving is a growing epidemic on our roadways - and quickly becoming one of the deadliest habits among drivers. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 660,000 drivers can be found using their cellphones at any given daytime moment in the U.S. While many people may think their cellphone habits do not impact their driving, the truth is that this dangerous practice often results in injury, and sometimes death.
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Organization (OSHA), 18 workers died while working on construction sites in New York City alone during the last federal fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2014, and recently ended on September 30, 2015. This number represents a staggering 50 percent increase in NYC construction fatalities when compared to the previous 12-month period.
According to preliminary data released last month by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fatal construction injuries in the United States increased nearly six percent in 2014 when compared to just one year earlier. In fact, the 874 reported construction fatalities in 2014 is the highest total since 2008, and easily surpasses the 828 deaths in 2013.
Recently, New York prosecutors announced criminal charges against two construction managers stemming from the April 6 death of one of their employees. According to The New York Times, the charges include second-degree manslaughter, negligent homicide and reckless endangerment.
There are few jobs as dangerous as those in the construction industry - especially in New York City. Whether you are on scaffolding working several stories up or on the ground around heavy machinery, you can easily suffer a severe and life-threatening injury if just one person makes a single mistake.