There were 433 construction accidents in New York City in 2015, with 471 people hurt and 11 deaths. According to the city's building department, the number of building projects has increase 329-percent since 2009. With that in mind, Mayor de Blasio on Friday announced that the city will more than quadruple penalties for safety lapses and conduct 1,500 sweeps at work sites.
Under new rules, previously exempt construction sites under 10 stories are now required to have a superintendent on site. Sites that do not enforce safe working conditions face penalties of up to $20,000 and revocation of licenses.
The city plans to add 100 safety enforcement inspectors by summer and will conduct 1,500 inspection over the next 90 days.
“No building is worth a person’s life. We have a responsibility to keep the men and women who are building New York City safe,” de Blasio said. “We are ramping up inspections and oversight to make sure that our workers have added protections. We do not accept any loss of life in this business as inevitable or acceptable.”
Source: Wall Street Journal