The number of New York construction accidents has recently risen above the national average. This is cause for concern on many levels. A recent report from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health shows that deaths at construction sites accounted for 22% of all worker deaths in the city.
NYC construction fatalities continue to rise
Construction accidents in New York City are now a full percent above the national average. This is a number that many experts believe will continue to rise unless effective measures are taken.
The number of construction deaths in the state as a whole had fallen considerably during the time of the pandemic. It decreased from 55 to 41 deaths during 2020. Experts have interpreted this decrease as a natural result of fewer people working on construction projects.
However, since the resumption of construction projects, the numbers have suddenly risen. There has been a corresponding rise in the number of fines given out for safety violations. These fines have risen to an average of $44,779, which represents a 39% percent increase of the 2019 figure of $32,719.
What can you do after an accident?
Authorities have urged workers at New York construction sites to report any potential safety violations that they may observe. Inspectors are being dispatched to watch ongoing construction projects in the city. They are there to make sure that each project proceeds in full compliance with existing safety regulations.
If you are involved in a construction accident in New York, you need to report it immediately. You should first seek medical aid for any injuries you may have sustained. You should also obtain statements from witnesses and emergency medical personnel. This will provide you with the evidence you need to file a claim.