Being a construction worker may very well be the most dangerous job in New York, currently. With the building boom hitting Manhattan and the surrounding areas, it has also led to many construction accident injuries and even several fatalities. Eight workers have died in construction accidents in the first seven months of the year, compared to only four people the same time period in 2017.
Federal statistics show that construction is the most dangerous job in the New York City. Falling hardhats accounted for 37.5 percent of work-related deaths in New York City in 2016, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Beyond the worker deaths in this calendar year, 469 people were injured in 457 accidents on the job. This is double the rate of injury compared to the same time period in 2017.
Construction accidents have been particularly brutal for those who have lost their lives. Some of the most recent deaths include an electrocution by a live wire and a falling piece of scaffolding striking a worker below. At the 400 and 500 blocks of West 33rd Street in New York City, where the mega Hudson Yards construction project is underway, there were at least 12 accidents, just this year. This construction boom is good for business, but it appears that it hasn’t been as favorable for the average New York construction worker.
The year has not ended yet, so it’s hard to say if it will end up measurably different compared to 2017 in terms of worker deaths and fatalities. However, it is pacing for some record-high numbers, especially compared to recent years. For those who have suffered an injury or who have lost a loved one to a work accident death, there are options available. Figuring out what you need to do to get answers and seek compensation after a work injury or work death is crucial.