Many things have occurred along with the recent construction boom in New York City. One, sadly, has been an increase in construction-related deaths and injuries in the city. Another is authorities in the city taking actions within the criminal justice system in their fight against unsafe practices in construction.
Among the concerns some prosecutors in the city have had regarding the construction boom is that the boom conditions might be leading some construction companies to not give safety its proper due. To combat such safety corner-cutting and other unsafe practices in construction, multiple law enforcement and prosecution agencies in the city, including Manhattan's district attorney’s office, started a task force aimed at investigating potential criminal activity touching on construction safety. Also, city prosecutors have brought criminal charges against some construction companies over safety matters.