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 and injuries, these situations result in an immense amount of property damage, which is why it is important to hold those responsible for what happened.… 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
Recently, OSHA signed an agreement with Skanska USA and Walsh Construction (Skanska-Walsh) to protect the health and safety of the 1,600 construction workers hired to work on the redevelopment project of LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building. Skanska-Walsh is in charge of the $4 billion project. As an additional safety measure, Skanska USA has also signed a contract with the Building and Construction Trades Council to manage all of the construction zones.
According to Skanska-Walsh, safety has always been a major concern during this project. Out of 1,600 workers that are part of the redevelopment project, 1,200 are construction workers. The … 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 first degree workers’ compensation fraud, and filing false statements, along with other criminal charges stemming from the construction accident.
During the April 2013 to April 2014 time period, Mr. Cholowsky allegedly falsely reported to the New York State Insurance Fund … Read the rest
On May 11, 2015, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health unveiled alarming findings from their latest study, “Price of Live: 2015 Report on Construction Fatalities in NYC”. The study found that construction accounts for 20% of on the job fatalities in New York State although it accounts for less than 4% of employment, it represents 20% of on the job fatalities in New York State.
Other key findings involve fatalities resulting from falls at construction sites. Falls from deadly heights make up half of the construction fatalities in New York State and 71% of all injuries in … Read the rest
In Steel Institute of New York v. City of New York, the Steel Institute of New York, advancing the interests of the construction industry, sued the City of New York challenging local statutes and regulations that govern the use of cranes, derricks, and other hoisting equipment in construction and demolition. The Steel Institute argued that they are preempted by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (the “Act”) and federal standards promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”). The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (McMahon, J.) dismissed the suit on summary judgment, … Read the rest
In USAA Casualty Insurance Co., as Subrogee v. Permanent Mission Of The Republic Of Namibia, — F.3d —, 2012 WL 1889409 (May 25, 2012), the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Namibia to the United Nations was sued for the $397,730.00 worth of damage to an adjoining property from a construction site accident caused by its alleged failure to comply with Section 3309.8 of the New York City Building Code (“the Building Code”). The Mission claimed that it was immune from suit under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”). The Second Circuit for the U.S. Court of Appeals not … Read the rest
The 2011 Annual Report, released last month, touts New York City as the nation’s safest big city in 2011. 2011 marked a near-historic low number of fire fatalities, a 10th consecutive year of fewer than 600 murders, a record-breaking low number of traffic deaths — and an 18% decrease in construction-related accidents, which follows an almost 28% reduction in 2010 from 2009. Construction-related injury rates also continue to improve. There were approximately 8% fewer injuries in 2011 over 2010, following a nearly 32% decline in 2010 from 2009. Construction-related fatalities remained low, with five caused by falls or shoddy construction. … Read the rest
There was an 18 percent decrease in construction-related accidents in New York City for 2011, despite a 7.7 percent increase in the issuance of construction permits citywide. Construction-related injuries also decreased across the City last year – falling from 165 reported accidents in 2010 to 152 in 2011, a reduction of 7.8 percent. In total, there were five construction-related fatalities in 2011, a slight increase from four fatalities in 2010, but a 73 percent decrease when compared to 2008.
The Department of Buildings has implemented more than 25 new construction safety laws since 2008 to enhance public safety and provide … Read the rest