New York City Council members have responded to the surge in construction related injuries and deaths by creating legislation that if passed would penalize contractors who fail to abide by safety rules and regulations.
The New York Times recently published results from an investigation into construction fatalities. According to the investigation:
“The investigation found that the rise in deaths and injuries has far exceeded the rate of new construction over the same period. It also found in the cases in which workers died, basic steps had not been taken to prevent them from falling and supervision was lacking. The investigation also found that because of the urgency to finish these projects as quickly as possible, the workers were forced to take dangerous shortcuts or lacked adequate training.” NY TIMES
The proposed bills would double penalties to contractors working without proper permits and those who’ve violated stop-work orders.
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