If the number of cranes across the skyline is any indication, the construction industry in New York City is still going strong despite news of interest rate hikes earlier this year. This optimism applies to both the residential and commercial construction markets. With all the construction projects currently going or expected to start in 2017, it is important for contractors and construction workers across the city must adhere to safety rules involving scaffolds.
Construction workers in the New York City Metro area are a lot safer today than they were 25 years ago. According to a report, the number of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in that industry declined from about 55,000 in 1992 to slightly more than 18,000 in 2014. Despite the overall decline in WMSDs, work-related strains and sprains are still a significant problem in the construction field.
Workers on New York construction sites have hazardous jobs that often involve dealing with working at great heights and with dangerous machinery, among other risks. Many of them suffer serious injuries as a result. If you have been injured in a construction accident, you might wonder what rights you have.
Construction injuries are not something that anyone ever expects. They jolt employers, workers and families out of their daily routines and can throw lives into chaos. If you or someone you care about has experienced a construction-related injury, know that you are not alone. Millions of injuries occur in these work settings each year. Here are six of the most common construction injuries that take place.
Since 2012, there has been a steady increase in the amount of workplace accidents in the construction industry, according to reports from the office of New York City's Mayor de Blasio released Sept. 19. In fact, the increase is greater than the amount of new construction jobs that have been available from 2012 to 2016.
Imagine walking down the street in New York City and seeing a dinosaur-sized construction crane lurch at an unnatural angle, gathering speed as it crashes to the ground. Your first thought would likely be: has anyone been hurt? The second: how did this happen?