Real Estate Weekly: Call for more oversight, money to protect workers

New York’s construction industry accounted for the largest single share of worker deaths in the state in 2012, according to a new report.

And half of those who died were immigrants reports “It’s No Accident: A Report on Workplace Deaths in New York State — Focus on Construction.”

The report was released during an event held Monday by the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) and the New York Central Labor Council.

The date — April 28 — is marked as Workers’ Memorial Day, honoring the memory of workers who died in the past year.

“It’s sad enough that all of these men and women died,” said Charlene Obernauer, executive director of the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health. “But to think that their deaths could have been prevented is just tragic.

The report calls for protection of New York’s Scaffold Safety Law, which holds employers accountable for accidents, and for an increase in OSHA’s budget and the number of inspectors and inspections it can conduct.

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