Labor Press: New Report Calls for Greater OSHA Enforcement

Union members, elected officials and worker safety advocates held a press conference at City Hall to bring attention to a new report that reveals that many construction sites are poorly regulated and unsafe.

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health released on Monday morning “The Price of Life: 2015 Report on Construction Fatalities in New York City. On Friday the construction industry released its own report, prepared by the New York State Association for Affordable (NYSAFAH) Housing, and says that union construction sites have higher fatality rates than non-union sites.

Needless to say, union members and labor leaders at the presser, including Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, excoriated NYSAFAH’s report.

“A report that came out on Friday is nonsense and ridiculous. In this city, over 70 percent of the market share out of a $30 billion industry is union construction. The numbers are almost 80 percent of injury and fatalities in the non-union sector because those workers aren’t afforded the opportunity to go to apprentice, training and safety programs,” said LaBarbera.

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