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Statistics Show New York Has a Way to Go in Making
Construction Industry Safer.
Recent reports indicate that while New York has generally improved the safety of its construction industry, it still has some progress to make in reducing the number of worker fatalities.
According to recently released information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 74 fatal work accidents in New York City in 2015, the most recent year for which there is complete data. This represents a decrease of five from 2014. Occupational injuries in the city reached their peak of 191 in 1993 and saw a low of 56 in 2013.
Of the 74 deaths, 23 were in the construction and extraction fields, while another 14 were in material moving occupations. Of the 23 construction and extraction deaths, 18 were trades workers. And, of the 14 material moving deaths, 11 were people operating motor vehicles at the time. In addition, 18 of the 74 people killed were contracted workers rather than employees.
There were 4,836 total work fatalities in the United States in 2015, an increase of 15 from the year before.
Slips, trips and falls accounted for 24 of the 74 New York fatal work injuries, with violence by persons or animals resulting in another 23 deaths. There were four more slip-and-fall deaths in 2015 than 2014. The remaining deaths fell under the categories of contact with objects and equipment, exposure to harmful substances or environments and transportation accidents.
Nationally, traffic accidents account for about 42 percent of all fatal work injuries, but they were only the fourth-most prevalent cause of death in workplace accidents in New York.
Other interesting statistics
Below are a few other noteworthy highlights from the report the BLS released:
- •About 95 percent of all work-related fatalities in New York City were men (compared to 93 percent nationally)
- •About 36 percent of all who died of a workplace injury were Hispanic or Latino in descent (19 percent nationally)
- •Workers between the ages of 25 and 54 accounted for 66 percent of all work-related fatalities (57 percent nationally)
- •More than 80 percent of all workers who died in the city worked for wages and salaries, with the others being self-employed
If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, you have two options: file for workers’ compensation or file a personal injury lawsuit. The latter may be a better option if you believe you can prove negligence on the part of the at-fault party. The estate of a deceased worker may also file a wrongful death lawsuit in these circumstances.
For further guidance on your options after a workplace accident, contact a trusted New York construction site accident attorney with Robinson & Yablon, P.C. right away.