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New York construction deaths up 41 percent in 2 years

A worrying number of construction workers are being killed in workplace accidents in New York, and an advocacy group says that lax safety standards on nonunion constructions sites and less-than-vigorous enforcement of industry safety standards by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are largely to blame. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health made the claims in its most recent annual report.

New York City law aims to promote worker safety

In 2017, there were nearly 700 injuries related to construction accidents in New York City according to the Department of Buildings. Furthermore, there were 12 worker deaths in 645 accidents reported during that year throughout the city. Local Law 196 was signed into law in October 2017 and went into effect on March 1. It says that there needs to be a site safety plan as well as adequate worker safety training on job sites.

New tech could make construction sites safer

Statistically, 1 in 10 construction workers is injured every year in New York and across the U.S. The private construction industry saw 937 fatalities in 2015, which was a seven-year high in this country. It goes without saying that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous. Thankfully, advances in technology could improve the safety of construction sites if companies choose to invest in new equipment.

New technology to make construction work safer

Brooklyn construction sites often present hazards for passersby, but for workers, danger is part of the job every day. Construction work in the United States is safer now than it was in the past, but experts say more needs to be done to decrease accidents and fatalities for workers. Safety firms are now turning to technology to prevent accidents on job sites.

The benefits of wearable technology on risky job sites

Wearable technology may help keep New York workers safe while also reducing insurance costs. A tool developed by Triax Technologies is designed to be worn on a worker's tool belt, and it tracks that person's location wherever he or she goes. Those who are responsible for job site safety stay updated about a worker's whereabouts through a mesh internet system.

OSHA to promote female construction worker safety

While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is known for upholding safety regulations among all sorts of industries, it sometimes partners with other organizations to take on specific problems in high-hazard industries. In New York and elsewhere, the construction industry is considered one of the most dangerous, and this is especially true for female workers. In response to this, OSHA has renewed an alliance with the National Association of Women in Construction.

Work-related fall injuries are all too common

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 261,930 workers in 2014 missed one or more days from work because of a fall-related injury. Even worse, nearly 800 workers died in falls. Every year, American businesses pay out more than $70 billion in workers' compensation and medical costs related to fall incidents. The number of accidents continues to be high, so workers in New York should know what can be done to prevent them.

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