NYCOSH CONSTRUCTION FATALITY REPORT, “DEADLY SKYLINE,” RELEASED TODAY, REVEALS INCREASING TREND IN NEW YORK STATE CONSTRUCTION FATALITIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2019

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NYCOSH CONSTRUCTION FATALITY REPORT, “DEADLY SKYLINE,” RELEASED TODAY, REVEALS INCREASING TREND IN NEW YORK STATE CONSTRUCTION FATALITIES

 

New Report Shows Construction In New York State Remains ‘Highly Dangerous’ Despite Attempts At Improving Safety

 

Construction Fatalities In New York City Decreasing Despite Overall Statewide Increase In Construction-Related Fatalities

New York, New York – Today, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) released its latest construction fatality report, “Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State,” outlining just how dangerous construction remains in New York State. Deemed “highly dangerous,” researchers found increasing trends in New York State construction fatalities and that employers routinely violate legal regulations with impunity. The report also found that while New York State is seeing an increase in construction-related fatalities, New York City construction fatality rates continue to decrease.

NYCOSH’s report unveiled a number of findings and recommendations to improve worker safety in New York.

Key Findings:

NYCOSH’s Recommendations Include:

“In our new ’Deadly Skyline’ report on construction fatalities in New York, we found that over the past five years, as construction deaths on the job have been mostly decreasing in New York City, they have been mostly increasing in New York State.  ‘Deadly Skyline’ points to the need for New York State to proactively protect construction workers—particularly Latino and immigrant workers—with protective policies,” said Charlene Obernauer, Executive Director of NYCOSH.

“For years in New York City we chanted ‘How many more must die?’ to shine a light on the alarming increase in construction fatalities in New York City,” said Patrick Purcell, Executive Director of the New York State & Greater New York Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust. “It is shameful that now as we see improvements in the City, construction workers throughout the rest of the state find themselves increasingly at risk on the job. No one should go to work questioning whether or not they’ll return home safely and NYCOSH’s “Deadly Skyline” report illustrates why many construction workers go to work each day with that exact fear. It is imperative that New York State institute stringent safety training requirements for all construction workers in the state and enforce the laws we already have that can hold employers who knowingly put workers in harm’s way accountable.”

 

“Statistical data and reports such as those made today by NYCOSH are an important step, showing a decrease in the rate of accidents and deaths in construction in the city. The connection between the theft of wages and health and safety violations is also important to note. Wage theft has become a common practice for most companies and contractors – overloading unpaid work hours, abusing their status, abusing our fears. That is why I ask the competent authorities to draw up laws that criminalize this type of abuse, hold these companies and contractors responsible, who exempt their obligations and treat us workers as disposable beings,” said Fabian Rojas, a worker-leader with the Manhattan Justice for Workers Collaborative.

 

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ABOUT NYCOSH: The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) is a membership organization of workers, unions, community-based organizations, workers’ rights activists, and health and safety professionals. NYCOSH uses training, education, and advocacy to improve health and safety conditions in our workplaces, our communities, and our environment. Founded 40 years ago on the principle that workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths are preventable, NYCOSH works to extend and defend every person’s right to a safe and healthy workplace.