For the past decade or so, the number of on-the-job deaths among construction workers has declined from year to year in New York City. Unfortunately, the latest numbers show that positive trend has come to a halt.
In 2011, the on-the-job fatality rate for construction workers was 9.1 per 100,000 workers. In 2012, that rate jumped to 9.9.
(2012 is the most recent year for which information is available, since that it the latest year for which safety agencies have released reliable and complete statistics.)
Experts have floated two possible reasons for the increase in on-the-job deaths among construction workers.
The first is that the economy has picked up since it bottomed out in 2008; more building projects mean more workers at worksites, and that means more fatal accidents. Even with special equipment and regulations meant to keep employees safe, construction sites remain one of the most dangerous places to work.
The second theory is that construction companies have been pinched by the economic downtown, and so even as they start new projects, they're cutting corners to save money - including the "corners" that protect workers and keep them safe.
Regardless, the fact remains that far too many construction workers are dying on the job each year. Everyone deserves a safe and healthy place to work, no matter the industry.
As construction accident lawyers, we make it our job to try to address the harm done to injured constructions workers, or to the family members of those who lose loved ones in construction site accidents.
If you feel that you need to speak to a personal injury attorney in the greater New York City area, please know that you are free to contact your personal injury attorney now.