In 2014, eight construction workers died because of job-related injuries on New York City construction sites according to Crain’s New York Business which cites statistics from the New York City Department of Buildings. This was a significant increase form the four construction workers who died in 2013 New York City construction accidents, but not as many as the 19 construction workers who lost their lives in 2008.
Three Things to Remember When Considering New York City 2014 Construction Fatality Statistics
As we consider the increase in 2014 New York City construction related deaths, it is important to remember that:
- The loss of each individual—regardless of the year—is a tragedy.
- The increase in the number of deaths could be because of an increase in construction. As the economy has improved so too has the construction industry and more workers on more projects could result in more deaths.
- Many construction-related deaths are preventable. Compliance with safety codes often helps reduce the risk of construction-related fatalities.
Additionally, it is important to recognize that the number of accidents has also increased and that many construction workers have also had their lives changed by significant injuries.
What About 2015?
As of May 15, 2015, more New York City construction workers have died than in all of last year from job-related injuries according to CBS News . In less than half the year, more people have died than in all of 2014 and more than double the number of workers died than in all of 2013.
We hope that the rest of 2015 is a safer one on New York City construction jobs and we extend our sincere condolences to everyone who lost loved ones in recent New York City construction accidents.