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SAFETY

STAYING SAFE

Workplace accidents can be avoided. BY KEVIN J. HARRINGTON AND GLENN A. MONK

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ithout question, New York
City, among many other busy
cities around the country, is
experiencing a building boom.
With the rise in construction, more jobs are
available for those in the industry. In fact, New
York City alone enjoyed a 7 percent increase in
construction jobs from 2014 to 2015. Although
new construction and new jobs can mean
great opportunities for local areas, it also has
brought a tragic rise in construction-related
injuries and fatalities. Statistics gathered for a
12-month period ending in June 2015, show
an increase of 34 percent in construction-related accidents in New York, versus the same
timeframe a year earlier. Out of 4,386 worker

increase in serious workplace
ยป The
injuries has attracted the attention
of law enforcement.

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fatalities in private industry in 2014, 899, or 20.5 percent, were in construction. Attempts to regulate the circumstances giving rise to these
accidents has become an increasing priority.
The leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding
highway collisions) in the construction industry were falls, followed
by electrocution, workers who were struck by an object and those
who were inside or caught in between objects. Since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established in
1971, workplace fatalities have been cut by 62 percent and injury
rates declined by 40 percent. However, as a result of recent accidents,
OSHA has established initiatives designed to increase work-site
inspections and enforcement of standards.
The increase in serious workplace injuries and fatalities has gotten
the attention of law enforcement officials. For construction companies and contractors, law enforcement's response to these workplace
fatalities and injuries can come with a high cost - financial, reputa-


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