According to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), commercial waste work is the most dangerous job in New York City. The high rate of serious injuries and fatalities in this trade are the result of non-union commercial waste companies failing to implement safety guidelines and wantonly violating OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requirements.
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.