Seven construction fatalities within the first five months of 2021 were the catalyst for a citywide crackdown that has so far netted 3,600 safety violations and resulted in 1500 stop-work orders. The program was launched June 1st and involved sweeps of close to 7,500 building sites.
In 2020, eight deaths were reported for the entire year and during the two previous years, twelve fatalities were reported in total. There have been zero work-site fatalities reported since the beginning of the current crackdown.
Buildings Commissioner, Melanie La Rocca said that it is vital that construction companies collaborate with city officials to ensure that job sites remain safe. “DOB enforcement is of critical importance in promoting safety at construction sites, but the reality is we can’t be in all places at all times,” said La Rocca. “To protect the lives of the working men and women who are building this city, we need our partners in the construction industry to step up and join us in pushing for enhanced round-the-clock supervision and greater accountability.”
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