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Stop-work orders on the increase in New York City

For the sake of both construction workers and the city's citizens in general, one would hope the construction sites here in New York City would be as safe as possible. There are many tools the city has for trying to keep construction sites in the city free of significant dangers. One are stop-work orders.

These are orders that the city's Department of Buildings can issue when it finds that a construction site contains unsafe/hazardous conditions. When issued, such an order mandates a partial or full stop of work (depending on the specifics of the order) at the site until the violations the unsafe/hazardous conditions are rooted in are corrected and other mandated steps are taken.

Lately, New York City has seen a trend of increases in stop-work orders. In 2013, 6,050 such orders were issued in the city. In 2014, the annual stop-work order total for the city went up to 7,120, a nearly 18 percent increase. The city saw even more such orders in 2015. As of Dec. 18 of that year, 8,326 such orders were issued.

What do you think this trend has to say about the safety of construction sites in New York City? Do you think the increase in stop-work orders is having an impact on the safety conduct of construction companies who do work in the city?

One of the hopes with stop-work orders is that they will lead to unsafe/hazardous conditions getting fixed before someone gets hurt. Unfortunately, sometimes, an unsafe/hazardous condition at a construction ends up injuring someone, such as a worker, before government inspectors detect it and can take action.

Construction accident lawyers can provide construction workers hurt as a result of unsafe/hazardous construction sites with assessments of what compensation rights they may have and what legal options are available to them.

Sources: The Real Deal, "DOB stop-work orders jumped 17% in 2015," Rey Mashayekhi, Jan. 11, 2016

NYC Department of Buildings, "Stop Work Orders," Accessed Jan. 14, 2016

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