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April 18, 2020

Safety Violations Lead to Significant Fine Against Contractor

A contractor overseeing a job site in Manhattan was fined nearly $40,000 for what the Department of Buildings (DOB) described as “multiple violating conditions.” According to the DOB, inspectors to the site at 335 Grand Street noted a handful of worrying safety issues. That included: Unguarded holes on one of the floors Missing guard rails […]
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March 24, 2020

Do Non-Union Construction Workers Face More Danger?

Unions are facing many challenges today, and New York City’s construction industry is no exception. A comptroller report estimates there are just over 400,000 construction workers in the city, the highest figure in the nation. Only about one-quarter of those positions are held by union members. This figure should be alarming. Not only is construction […]
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March 24, 2020

Charges: Bosses Ignored Safety Concerns Before Deadly Accident

In 2018, we wrote about the death of Luis Almonte Sanchez. The 47-year-old was doing foundation work at the construction site in Sunset Park when a 20-foot retaining wall collapsed, burying him under 15,000-45,000 pounds of brick and debris. Authorities couldn’t recover his body until the next day due to the unsafe conditions. More than […]
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March 2, 2019

Construction Worker Crushed, Loses Legs in Long Island Accident

Many New York construction workers are subjected to dangerous conditions that put their well-being (and sometimes their lives) at risk. A recent Daily News story described a horrific Long Island construction accident that left a worker with both legs severed below the knee. When the accident occurred, the 39-year-old victim was working for Grace Industries, […]
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January 18, 2019

Forklift Mishap: Construction Worker Crushed to Death in Brooklyn

Another New York City construction worker was killed by another silly, preventable accident. This time, it was a forklift mishap that sent debris falling onto the victim, according to the New York Post. The Post reported that the worker was crushed by materials at a site on Myrtle Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. […]
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July 28, 2018

When Construction Workers Fall: CDC Statistics

Among its many functions, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researches and offers statistics on occupational injuries affecting construction workers. The agency is charged with identifying health risk trends and helping to improve the lives of Americans. When it comes to workers who are hurt and killed because of falls on the […]
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June 8, 2018

Glass panel dropped, security guard killed at Central Park Tower

A security guard was tragically killed on May 27 at the construction site of the new Central Park Tower skyscraper in Manhattan, according to ABC Eyewitness News. A large glass panel measuring eight feet by 14 feet reportedly fell or was dropped while it was being moved, crushing the man. The city’s Department of Buildings […]
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