New Safety Training Requirements Aim to Reduce Construction Accidents

Many construction companies take safety very seriously. There are also many that don’t. Construction worker deaths in New York hit a 14-year high in 2016. A study put out by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) found that there were 71 construction worker deaths in 2016. That was up from 55 deaths in 2015. In the face of regular worker deaths and an increase in workplace injuries, New York City has decided to require safety training for all of the 185,000 plus construction workers in the city. Read more

Are Commercial Truck Drivers Receiving the Right Training?

Truck accidents are often far worse than a car accident because trucks are typically ten times the weight of a normal vehicle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 3,986 people died in large truck accidents in 2016. Because of the high risk of injury trucks pose to other drivers, it makes sense that truck drivers would receive as much training as possible before they get on the road. This is not always the case. Instead, truckers are often underprepared for the long hours on the road and the difficulties of operating a large vehicle. Read more

Fatal Construction Accidents Highlight Need for Enforcement of Safety Laws

The deaths of two construction workers from falls on Monday were tragic reminders of the dangers involved in construction work.  One worker fell to his death at a site at 161 Maiden Lane, and the other at a work site at 400 W. 33rd St.  Both construction sites have been previously issued safety violations and fines. Our thoughts are with the families of these men as they cope with this terrible loss. Construction work is extraordinarily dangerous, and with the increase in building in New York there has been a corresponding rise in fatal accidents. Read more