As a major contributor to New York's economy, a healthy and booming construction industry means consistent employment for many of the state's residents. While construction is generally considered to be a dangerous career field, federal and state law and local ordinances require extensive safety measures to be in place on construction projects. Nevertheless, the rate of construction workplace injuries has recently soared. An early 2018 report indicates that the construction industry is on pace to report its highest number of job-related injuries in a decade.
As a result of a fatal accident in Manhattan in 2015, a 22-year-old man was buried in a trench that had not been reinforced. The man's construction company was being convicted of manslaughter as well as negligent homicide.
To effectively reduce workplace accidents, contractors in New York and around the country should be implementing proactive measures such as safety orientation for new employees and drug screening programs. This is one of the conclusions that can be drawn from a report recently published by the industry group known as the Associated Builders and Contractors.