Let's work to build a safer city
Dec 27, 2016 | 11064 views | 0 0 comments | 448 448 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In booming neighborhoods across New York City, development is cruising along. The skylines of neighborhoods like Long Island City and Downtown Brooklyn are filled with cranes, construction elevators and half-finished high rises.

Coupled with the city's ambitious neighborhood rezoning plan for affordable housing, smaller-scale construction sites are appearing on corners throughout the five boroughs.

It's time we work much harder to protect the construction workers risking their lives to build these new buildings.

Last month, two construction workers were killed in Briarwood by a falling beam. Just two days before Christmas on the Upper East Side, a 30-year-old construction worker fell three stories down an elevator shaft and died of severe head trauma.

According to published reports, the man worked for Noble Construction Group, a company that was slapped with three violations at a construction site in Flushing earlier this year for not meeting the standards for fall protection.

They were fined a total of $3,500, but that's just the price of doing businesses. A $3,500 fine is barely a slap on the wrist.

A Crain's report earlier this year found that roughly one-third of construction deaths go uncounted by the city. That's unacceptable. Not only do these deaths need to be reported, by they need to be thoroughly investigated, so we know what the most common accidents are and how to prevent them.

New York City must stay vigilant and monitor construction sites. We owe it to the men and women risking their lives so someone can live in a multi-million dollar condo.
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