The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for developing safety measures as well as establishing regulations to protect construction site workers from injuries. In the event that an incident occurs, OSHA will investigate. Like all workers, construction site workers must be provided with a safe working environment that is free of health and safety hazards. … Read the rest
As New York City continues to build, the number of streets seemingly overwhelmed with scaffolding continues to increase. A significant concern among New Yorkers is the danger these structures pose to the public as pedestrians walk beneath them on a daily basis. Recently, there has been an increase in scaffold-related accidents leaving victims with serious injuries.… Read the rest
Crane accidents rarely occur, however, when they do occur, the accidents pose a threat not only to people but also to property. Cranes are often massive and can fall from great heights when these incidents occur, resulting in death or serious injury to construction workers, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and bystanders on the street. In addition to the loss of life … Read the rest
Have you ever witnessed a co-worker get injured on a construction site? Here are some ways to help prevent a future incident so that you do not find yourself a victim of a construction accident.… Read the rest
In April 2015, 22-year-old Carlos Moncayo was killed when a 14-foot deep, unshored trench collapsed. Mr. Moncayo was an undocumented laborer from Ecuador who worked for Sky Materials, which is an excavation subcontractor based in Calverton, Long Island, New York. Alfonso Prestia, the site supervisor plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to serve community service. The foreman … Read the rest
On February 5, 2016 a 500-foot crawler crane collapsed during an approaching winter storm. The crane damaged buildings in Tribeca and killed 30-year old David Wichs. Following the incident, the Department of Buildings temporarily banned the use of crawler crane’s around the five boroughs.
Additionally, the Department of Buildings drafted new regulations to make crane operations safer. However, the construction … Read the rest
The April 6, 2015 death of a construction worker at a Ninth Avenue New York City construction site has initiated an investigation into the owner of Sky Materials Corporation, an excavating subcontracting company. After an extensive investigation, owner Michael Cholowsky was indicted for concealing payroll information and submitting false documents regarding the number of employees he hired. The charges are … Read the rest
In the wake of a recent accident in which a crane fell, killing a passerby, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler announced new rules to ensure the safety of those working at or walking by a construction site. This includes an increase in monetary fines. Mayor de Blasio said these … Read the rest
According to Politico New York, construction worker injuries in New York City have increased 34 percent from the 2014 fiscal year (July 2013-June 2014) to the last fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2015. This increased the number of injuries to 283, and the amount of fatalities to 11. In 2014, the total value of construction projects was … Read the rest
New York City sidewalk sheds (the open scaffolds you walk under) are well on their way to becoming as synonymous with the Big Apple as hot-dog carts and yellow-taxi cabs. With the influx of construction, NYC sidewalk sheds and scaffolding have devoured thousands of streets and have become more than just an eyesore for residents; they’re safety hazards.
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