City Officials Find Numerous Violations at Construction Sites: New York Construction Accident Lawyer Expresses Concern

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The New York City Department of Buildings targeted more than 900 low-rise construction sites as part of a citywide safety inspection sweep and according to an April 29 news release, the two-month long probe showed safety violations at many low-rise construction sites.

According to the Department of Buildings, in 2012, construction-related fatalities in New York City increased from five to eight and seven of those deaths occurred at low-rise constructions sites or buildings nine stories or less.

New York City building inspectors have cited a number construction companies and contractors for safety violations at jobsites. According to an April 29 news release issued by the department, a two-month inspection sweep of about 920 low-rise construction sites in the city yielded close to $1 million in fines and 900 safety violations. Officials had to issue "stop work" orders at 12 percent of the locations due to the presence of unsafe conditions for workers.

According to the Department of Buildings, in 2012, construction-related fatalities in New York City increased from five to eight and seven of those deaths occurred at low-rise constructions sites or buildings nine stories or less. Last year, construction accidents in New York City increased by nearly 37 percent and 43 percent of those accidents were fall-related, officials say.

Inspectors performing the recent sweep issued 879 citations for a variety of conditions including missing fences, guardrails and lack of proper permits, the release said. Also, inspectors issued 34 full "stop work orders" and 75 partial stop-work orders at locations where violations posed an imminent threat to workers. Some of the most common violations according to officials include working without permit; missing guardrails or handrails, failure to provide protection for adjoining buildings; lack of fire extinguishers; unprotected openings; and improper lightweight steel construction.

With construction activity increasing in New York City, especially Manhattan, it is critical for city building inspectors to not only enforce the law, but also to create awareness among construction companies and workers about the importance of following safety regulations, says New York construction accident attorney Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Accidents such as falls are entirely preventable with proper restraint systems and by ensuring that the workplace is free of debris and slippery substances."

Stepping up enforcement will also keep construction companies and contractors on their toes, Wilhelm said. "The fear of getting the site shut down will hopefully provide the motivation for these individuals and companies to ensure that safety is made a top priority at all worksites."

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The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm is a personal injury litigation firm with an unwavering dedication to its clients. With more than 41 years of experience, our firm strives to obtain the best compensation for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one due to an accident or by someone else's negligence. We handle cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, workers' compensation, dental malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, rape, paralysis, comas, seizures, false arrest, lead poisoning, trips and slips and falls, elevator accidents, construction accidents, Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, hearing loss, dog bite cases, fire and smoke inhalation accidents, bicycle accidents, falls from windows or scaffolds, and many other types of accidents and injuries.

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