City Issues Record Number of Stop-Work Orders at Construction Sites

The Real Deal reported that, in response to the number of construction-related fatalities in the past year, the New York City Department of Buildings has given out 4,580 stop-work orders in the first half of this year. This is the highest number of stop-work orders issued by the agency.

According to a Politico article, the […]

Construction Firm Requires Workers to Wear Safety Harnesses

A construction company that is currently working on the Hudson Yards project and a new emergency room for New York-Presbyterian Hospital is calling on all workers on job sites statewide to wear safety harnesses when working six feet above the ground and wants the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to adopt the company’s policy.

Crains […]

OSHA Hits Construction Company with 11 Safety Violations at WV Worksite

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited a construction firm for eleven separate workplace safety violations that occurred at a worksite in Fairmont, West Virginia and possibly faces more than $146,000 in penalties.

WorkCompCentral reported that M&M Construction LLC, d/b/a Michael Jones Contracting, was given two “willful” violations by OSHA for not requiring […]

Crawler Cranes Emergency Policies May Be Reversed

Following a February 5, 2016 crane accident that killed a passerby when the crane working on a rooftop toppled over onto the street below, the city put an emergency ban in place which disallowed the use of crawler cranes if the wind speeds reached 20 miles-per-hour or above. Previously, the limit was 30 miles-per-hour, or […]

Construction Worker Run Over by Forklift

On February 19, 2016 Hector O. Duarte-Roque, a construction worker for Montauk Beach Dock and Pile Inc., was building a dock at the Lake Club when he was run over by a forklift. Police are still investigating how the accident occurred, and whether the forklift was defective or not. The police captain stated that criminal […]

False Construction Safety Reports Lead to Jail

With the recent focus on construction site accidents, whether inspectors are properly licensed is of great concern. Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Buildings Department recently announced stricter rules and increased fines to combat safety issues at construction sites. According to a New York Times expose, the accident rate at building sites has increased by […]

New York Times Article Exposes Lapsed Safety on Construction Sites and the Accidents that Arise from It

Recently, The New York Times published an expose shedding light on the rising number of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry over the last two years. The investigation uncovered that although construction has risen by 11% in the last fiscal year, the rate of accidents has increased by a disproportionate 52%.

The Times called […]

Brooklyn Construction Site Wall Collapses Leading to Tragic Death of 19 Year Old Worker

Another construction tragedy recently occurred in New York City. At a Bed-Stuy construction site, a cinder block wall collapsed killing a 19 year old construction worker and injuring two others. At the site, a one story commercial building was being converted into a five story structure that would also include residential units. The cinder wall […]

Construction Companies Charged Criminally for Death of Young Worker

The Manhattan DA’s Office recently filed criminal charges against two construction companies for the death of a 22 year old worker last April. The companies allegedly ignored warnings issued by inspectors to the site that dangerous conditions existed and disregarded federal safety regulations. The excavation of the site went as deep as fourteen feet without […]

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