An investigative report by The New York Times found that the number of construction workers killed on the job surged over the past year.
Data from the NYC Buildings Department reports that 10 workers died on projects in the city between July 2014 and July 2015 alone, almost double the annual average compared to the previous four years. The number of injured workers on NYC job sites is also surging, up 53 percent in the last fiscal year to 324.
Most fatalities at New York City construction sites were caused by failure to take basic precautionary safety steps such as, failure to wear harnesses or helmets and lack of supervision. The Times reports that most deaths resulted from workers feeling pressured to take “dangerous shortcuts.”
According to the Times report, the majority of workers hurt and killed on NYC job sites are undocumented immigrants who used forged documents, sometimes provided by the contractors they worked for, in order to be able to work on construction projects.