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Construction workers' accidents in New York raise concern

Safety authorities in New York City expressed their concern about the numbers of lives that are lost in the city's construction industry. Reportedly, the numbers of construction workers' accidents that were recorded until October this year already met the margins of the full 12 months of recent years. They also compared the numbers of injuries and fatalities with pre-recession years, with grim conclusions.

Reportedly, construction accident numbers have increased each year since the start of the building boom in 2014. A November fatality on a construction site in Brooklyn brought the number of construction-related deaths in the city so far in 2018 to 12, which equals the numbers of deaths each full year from 2015 through 2017. Despite more enforcement measures, lives continue to be lost on construction sites in New York.

To lessen the risks construction workers face, increased oversight of projects and enforcement of safety regulations along with heftier penalties have been enacted. A new program that will ultimately ensure that all construction workers received adequate safety training was launched. However, after concerns of slowing down existing projects, the compliance date was postponed to the spring of 2019. The intention is to ensure that  construction workers on building sites all have a minimum of 40 hours of training.

While increased hours of safety training might eventually help to lessen construction workers' accidents in New York, workers will be at significant risks in the meantime. Families whose loved ones were killed while working can pursue financial relief through the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance program. An experienced attorney can assist with the navigation of benefits claims that will cover end-of-life expenses and include an income package for covered dependents.

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