This is the question New York City lawmakers and labor organizations are asking. As construction accidents increase, people want to know if there is a difference between safety on sites with union labor and those with nonunion labor.
A tragic story out of Manhattan this week after a construction worker fell to his death on September 15 highlights the dangers construction workers face every day. This man, Bruno Travalja, was an architect working on the high-rise building.
Construction workers are in one of the most dangerous fields in the country. This was recently highlighted with the Tappan Zee Bridge crane collapse. Currently, the state Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal organization, are investigating.
Nine buildings in the Bronx had to be evacuated on April 21 because a building under construction became unstable. The building is on Southern Boulevard near Freeman Street. The MTA suspended train services in the area as well.
An alarming report issued recently by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), Price of Life: 2015 Report on Construction Fatalities in NYC, highlights how dangerous construction sites are for workers. Every day, our law firm files workers' compensation claims for workers seriously injured on unsafe and unwatched construction sites. It seems that the only time government work safety enforcement officials seem to care is after a worker dies on the job. I think this is disgraceful. New York workers' deserve better.