NY Facing Increase of Construction Related Deaths

One of the most important aspects of being a go-to business for scaffolding in NH, MA, and around New England is keeping up with therestoration of the building relevant statistics and news regarding the construction industry. Following these important topics allows our experts to advise our clients and better prepare them for their job sites in the future.

In February of this year, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) released a report that showed an increase of construction worker related fatalities from 2006 to 2015. In the years of this study, over 460 construction workers died on the job, and the trend points itself to continuing upward with the top cause of death being falls. 49% of fatalities reported were caused by falls, and many of these falls were deemed preventable.

With these statistics and projections in mind, many are questioning the training that should be required to use construction and scaffolding equipment that abides with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines created to keep workers safe. Nearly 66% of employers were found to be breaking the law and not requiring the training necessary to follow OSHA protocol, and much of the equipment used was either not up to code or constructed properly.

NYCOSH is recommending an increase in enforcement and monitoring of safety-training programs across the state. These 10-hour programs will be designed to introduce employees to some of the common dangers in the workplace and how to navigate them safely. They also recommend preserving the New York Scaffold Safety Law

Fortunately, there are businesses out there who have access to the safety products and scaffolding you need like Nation Wide Ladder. We offer Alum-A-Pole and a variety of other standard construction equipment you need to help improve your employees’ safety and lessen the chance of fatalities.

With more questions, please contact our experts today at (800) 228-2519.