am New York: NY’s scaffold law protects workers in growing city
Tram Thuy “Tina” Nguyen was killed in March when the wind knocked a sheet of plywood loose from a construction site as the 37-year-old walked on West 12th Street.
Earlier this month, a 22-year-old man was buried alive and killed by falling debris while working on a Meatpacking District building. Two weeks ago, four construction workers were hospitalized when a banister collapsed at an office tower project near Grand Central.
NYC’s building boom is not slowing down, and injuries and deaths from construction work are rising. In 2015, at least eight people have died from construction-related accidents, compared with eight in all of 2014. It’s only May.
Construction is among the most dangerous jobs. There were more than 100 construction deaths in the state from 2009 to 2011, according to federal data. Nonunion and immigrant workers are most at risk. For example, 74 percent of construction workers killed by falls from 2003 to 2011 were Latino and/or immigrants, greater than their share of the construction workforce.
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