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New York City Cleans Up Safety, Construction Deaths Decline by 62%

new york 2013 construction deathsIn a surprising and very positive announcement, Thomas Fariello, the New York City Buildings Commissioner announced that only 3 fatal accidents happened within the construction industry in 2013, a number that was nearly 63% less than in 2012. According to Fariello, the three deaths all resulted from falls. He stated that the fatalities were the direct result of inadequate fall protection on the job site. Even more surprising is that the number of new building construction permits was up by nearly 30% in 2013 which means there were actually more workers on the job and a generally higher risk of fatal accidents occurring.
The news comes after the city has increased efforts to decrease construction accidents and deaths via communication and initiatives within the construction industry on the ongoing importance of job site safety. Although the reduction in fatal cases is a good thing, the deaths that did occur in 2013 stand as a perfect example as to why workplace safety is of high importance.
Fariello's department has introduced more than 25 new construction safety laws within the last 6 years while simultaneously expanding the number of inspectors in the field. They have also initiated safety campaigns with the use and distribution on over 30,000 posters, banners and bracelets to companies, job sites and workers around the city.
While safety should always be a top priority, we can't stress enough that the simple knowledge of how to work safely is entirely useless unless that knowledge is practiced and adhered to. From safe operations of machinery and equipment to personal protection, there's a lot of work involved in creating and retaining a safe workplace, especially within the construction industry where dangers can be more frequent and also more lethal.
Be sure, at minimum, that your safety gear, machinery and materials are up to code and functioning properly. Also make sure that your work site always has a plan in place for emergency situations, including having a method of emergency communication.

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