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The glitch in new safety training for NYC construction workers

The high injury and fatality rates of the construction industry are common knowledge. Much has happened to try to reduce the numbers over the years, from stricter liability laws to safer work equipment. Yet, the rates are still too high.

New York City has recently responded with an additional protective measure, local law 196, that requires detailed safety training for specific construction workers and supervisors. The deadline to complete the first stage of training was back in March 2018. The last two stages go through September 2020, for a minimum total of 40 or 62 hours of training depending on a person’s job site role. Some courses are mandatory, whereas other are electives participants can choose to fulfill the requirement.

Cheating the system

While this law seems promising, it has already presented some issues. One of them is that the system is easy to cheat. Despite the regulation to monitor training in person to prevent cheating, fraud still occurs online. An investigation by 7 On Your Side and a safety advocacy group led the team to being able to secure OSHA certification for a reporter who did not complete training and for the cartoon character Fred Flintstone.

The city says that OSHA, which provides the courses workers must take, is responsible for stopping the cheating. However, the advocacy group believes the city should be accountable for its own local laws. Regardless of whoever should be in charge of monitoring, the effects are the same: construction employees who risk accident and injury due to insufficient training and implementation of safety standards.

Workers are the ones who end up paying the price of those who cheat the system, whether it comes from employers, supervisors or other workers. Improved measures are necessary to eliminate this glitch and increase the physical security of New York City construction workers. Those who sustain injuries on the job can hold employers accountable.

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$3.75 Million

settlement for a construction worker injured by falling metal mesh

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$3.5 Million

Million for a carpenter injured on a construction site by a falling metal clamp

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$3 Million

for a 35 year old Carpenter injured when his arm became partially impaled on an improperly exposed metal support (rebar) at a construction site.

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$2 Million

for a woman who sustained multiple serious injuries after being struck by a hit and run driver in Manhattan.

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$1.825 Million

Verdict for a 29 year old construction worker injured during the building of the World Trade Center Memorial.

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$1.475 Million

for a Carpenter who was injured when the scaffold he was working upon collapsed.

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$1.2 Million

for a 35 year old Cement and Concrete worker from Queens who sustained serious injuries to his back when he slipped on debris and refuse.

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$1.2 Million

for a Construction worker and young father in the Bronx who was fatally electrocuted while on a scaffold.

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$950,000

for two sisters in high school who sustained serious injuries when struck by a vehicle that mounted the sidewalk in Brooklyn as they waited for the bus to take them to school.

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$825,000

for a woman injured as a passenger in an accident involving a bus and a car in the Bronx.

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$777,000

for an Ironworker on Long Island who sustained serious injuries when he fell from a ladder which slid out from under him due to icy footing.

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$750,000

for a surgeon who sustained a broken knee in a motor vehicle accident (January, 2017).

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$750,000

for a man severely burned in his apartment by excessively hot shower water (Sept. 2020).

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$660,000

verdict for a 35 year old Cement and Concrete laborer who was injured when the scaffold he was walking upon collapsed.

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$650,000

for a cement and concrete worker who slipped and fell over construction debris.

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$650,000

for a Cement and Concrete worker who injured his back as a result of slipping upon a discarded pipe and falling down a flight of steps.

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$500,000

for a Nursing Home resident injured due to lack of proper care.

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$325,000

for a woman who sustained multiple serious injuries to her shoulder as a result of a trip and fall upon a defective sidewalk at a construction project in Manhattan.

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$250,000

verdict in the exact amount demanded by our office for our client, but refused by the responsible defendants, was awarded by the jury to our client who sustained a fractured elbow as a result of a fall upon a badly broken sidewalk.

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$325,000

for a young woman who sustained a fractured ankle as a result of a fall on soapy steps in her apartment building in the Bronx.

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$495,000

for a young mother who was struck by a car while crossing the street near her home in Queens sustaining serious injuries to her leg requiring the surgical placement of a metal plate and screws.

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$600,000

for a woman who sustained multiple injuries as a passenger in a motor vehicle accident.

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$425,000

was secured by our office for a Cement and Concrete worker injured when a work area collapsed beneath him.

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$400,000

for a woman struck from behind by a car as she walked to a supermarket in a shopping center parking lot in Yonkers.

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$200,000

for a young man, 15 years of age, who sustained a partial tear of the rotator cuff of his right shoulder, which has now healed without any limitation upon his activities.

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$325,000

for a school principal in the Bronx who tripped and fell over a construction plate in the school parking lot.

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$300,000

for a young Cement and Concrete worker who was struck by falling debris dislodged from a building by a swinging crane.

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$250,000

for a Cement and Concrete worker injured as a result of a fall at a Manhattan construction site.

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$300,000

for a school teacher in the Bronx who sustained an injury to her shoulder when she tripped and fell due to negligently placed computer wiring.

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$275,000

to a Construction laborer doing bridge work whose arm was fractured when falling construction material caused him to fall into the East River and onto debris.

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$450,000

for a child injured when a table fell on him in a laundromat in Queens.

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$450,000

verdict for a Volunteer Firefighter in Westchester who sustained injuries in the course of fighting a fire.

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