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The dangers of small construction sites

With construction being a common site across New York City, it is hard to believe some of the sites are considered "small" construction sites. However, work being done on buildings that are 10 stories or less are considered to be smaller sites. It is these sites that have been highlighted as being less safe for workers than sites that are on much taller structures.

Heads up: Objects falling from construction sites.

New York City is world-renowned for its beautiful skyline, dotted with numerous skyscrapers and high-rise buildings. Those who live in NYC also know how frequently there is construction being done on these buildings, often at the top. These are dangerous conditions both for the workers who are on-the-job near the top of the world, as well as NYC residents who are passing by below.

As number of safety inspectors drop, NYC construction deaths spike

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.

BLS report: fatal construction accidents on the rise

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.

NY construction death leads to criminal charges for managers

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.

Do I have options if injured in a construction accident?

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.

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