In this blog, we often discuss the numerous dangers that New York City construction workers face. From suffering falls or being struck by a falling object to mechanical and equipment malfunctions and failures, the construction industry is consistently ranked by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as being among the most dangerous of all industries.
During 2014 alone, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that a total of 874 U.S. construction workers were killed in job-related accidents. Regular readers of this blog are likely familiar with the many and varied safety issues with which construction workers must contend on a daily basis. Among the most vulnerable of these workers are those who have immigrated to the U.S. and often speak little to no English.
Earlier this month, criminal indictments were handed down in the case of a 22-year-old construction worker who suffocated after the trench in which he was working collapsed. A jury determined that two construction company owners and their companies were responsible for causing the unsafe conditions that lead to the young man's death when they failed to follow safety regulations to prevent a trench cave in.
The construction industry is consistently listed as being among the most dangerous of all U.S. industries. This is due in large part to the safety risks posed by working from heights and the fact that roughly 33 percent of fatalities among construction workers are attributed to fall-related accidents.