Author Archives: Michael Barasch

Long Island Construction Death Linked to Improper Fall Protection

The 2018 death of a construction worker in East Patchogue, Long Island has triggered a substantial penalty for his employer, highlighting the need for appropriate fall protection. While installing roof panels on a shed, the Northridge Construction Corp. worker fell from his ladder onto a concrete surface, suffering a fatal blow to the head. According… Read More »

Writer Urges Safety Overhaul of New York City Construction Industry

No matter where you go in New York City, construction is a fact of life. Most of us learn to deal with occasional inconveniences like delays and noise. Only when a major tragedy makes the news do we pay attention to the dangers construction workers experience. Unfortunately, even well-intentioned efforts to reduce injuries and deaths… Read More »

Three NYC Construction Workers Killed in Less Than a Week

In just one week in April, three New York City construction workers were killed on the job.  Each tragic death had a different specific cause, but the quick succession of fatal incidents has prompted concern from the Buildings Department about whether safety rules are being followed. Though public awareness of the dangers facing construction workers… Read More »

Debate Continues Regarding New York’s Scaffold Safety Law

New York State’s Scaffold Safety Law dates back to the 19th Century, but debate still rages about whether its tough liability standard should be weakened. The law requires property owners, developers and contractors to provide certain minimum protections for workers involved in the building, repair, demolition or maintenance of the building. While opponents of the… Read More »

Number of New York City Construction Injuries Rising Quickly

More New York City construction workers were injured in 2018 than in each of the two previous years. Based on data collected by the Department of Buildings (DOB), 2018 was the most dangerous year for city construction workers in nearly a decade, with 761 injuries and 12 deaths reported. Several factors, including an increase in… Read More »

Construction Workers Must Beware of OSHA’s Fatal Four

Construction work anywhere is inherently dangerous, causing serious injuries and claiming the lives of workers. In New York City, unfortunately, the number of construction workers killed on the job has been rising steadily. In 2016, the last year for which reliable data on construction-related deaths in New York City is available, 71 workers died. This… Read More »

New York’s Scaffold Law Is Needed Now More than Ever

More than a year after Rep. John J. Faso of New York’s 19th Congressional District took to the pages of The New York Post to call New York’s Scaffold Law “crazy” and “antiquated,” it’s clear the law is needed now more than ever. Although the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) is… Read More »

How New York City Has Expanded Its Efforts to Improve Crane Safety

Construction sites are filled with hazardous equipment, and few pieces of equipment are more hazardous than a crane. In the aftermath of a deadly crane accident in 2008, New York City launched a series of concerted efforts to improve crane safety across the board. After one decade, the city looks back on its achievements while… Read More »

Local Law 196 Is Now in Effect, Mandating Safety Plans and Training

As of March 1, 2018, workers on qualifying construction sites in New York City must have a minimum of 10 hours of safety training before they are allowed to work. That requirement is part of Local Law 196, passed in 2017 and now being enforced (at least in part) at a worksite near you. The… Read More »

Changes to NYC Crane Law Being Enforced on Inspection

In April, the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) conducted surprise inspections on construction cranes throughout New York City. Negligent operation of the huge cranes involved in skyscraper construction has been linked to several deaths of construction workers and passersby in recent years, prompting changes in regulations to prevent accidents. But new laws are useless without… Read More »