In November two construction workers were killed in Queens after a crane cable split and dropped a 6,500 pound steel beam. This recent tragedy was the breaking point for city officials after the rising string of construction worker deaths throughout New York City. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito stated that the City Council must reform New York's construction safety.
Falls are still the leading cause of construction fatality
A 43-year-old construction worker was killed when part of a crane broke off and fell onto his head.
The New York City Buildings Department has issued a violation and a stop work order on April 25 after a cherry picker smashed into the side of an apartment building.
A recent New York Times article culminated two years of investigations into construction site accidents calling many of them "completely avoidable." Where the rate of building increased throughout the city by 11% in the last fiscal year, the rate of accidents in the industry had risen 52%. The disproportionality is astounding and led the Times to take a closer look at the reasons behind it.
1.3 million workers are exposed to asbestos daily as a result of being subjected to exposure in buildings where they work. As a result, two senators have proposed the READ Act, legislation that would amend the 1988 Asbestos Information Act and require companies to update the database of locations where asbestos can be found. The bill, aimed at reducing asbestos exposure, would also require any company handling materials containing asbestos to update the database annually. The previous act only required an initial one time reporting.