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Fewer Construction workers' accidents in New York than statewide

Construction workers in New York might find comfort in knowing that statistics show they are safer on the job than those outside of the five boroughs. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health recently released a study named "Deadly Skyline," in which concern is expressed about the increase in fatal construction workers' accidents across the state. However, fatality rates within the boroughs of New York show a significant decline over the most recent five-year period.

According to the dossier, the lower percentage of construction-related deaths occurred during years in which there was an explosion of growth in city construction projects. The study shows that there is no correlation between the boom in building and the number of work-related fatalities. According to NYCOSH, the city aggressively prosecutes contractors who commit wage, labor and safety violations, and it attributes the reduction in construction accidents to the harsh penalties issued to those who risk the lives of workers by cutting corners.

However, the Mayor's Management Report indicates different findings that show a rise in injuries on city projects. NYCOSH claims that its study used more comprehensive and sophisticated data obtained from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. It attributes the discrepancies to the different sets of data upon which the two studies were based.

Regardless, the reality is that fatal construction workers' accidents statewide remain significantly higher than the national numbers. Sadly, many families have to face their futures without the presence of loved ones who were killed on construction sites. They might find at least some comfort in the availability of survivors' benefits through the New York workers' compensation insurance system. An experienced attorney can assist with the navigation of the benefit claims process in pursuit of financial relief.

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