The Mayor in New York City along with the Department of Buildings Commissioner recently said that they have initiated more stringent regulations to prevent construction accidents. Officials immediately began working on creating stricter rules after the recent crane accident that led to the death of a pedestrian.
Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes that the new rules will help to reverse a troubling trend in construction accidents in New York. Apparently, despite the ever evolving safety technology, workplace safety has actually been on the decline in the last decade, meaning more work accidents.
The past two years in particular saw a huge increase in the number of construction accidents, which came to a head when a crane fell over in the TriBeCa area, crushing cars, destroying property, and killing a Wall Street employee.
Fines for Work Safety Violations
The new rules include a hefty increase in fines for violations, which should help deter construction companies from committing violations if they can help it. Many of the penalties that already existed have been increased as much as four times what they were before the accident.
Serious safety violations will now incur as much as a $10,000 fine, more than quadruple the $2,400 it once was. In addition, projects that are 10 stories or smaller (which accounted for more than 70 percent of construction accidents last year) will have to have a construction supervisor present for any major work. Failure to do so will now result in a $25,000 fine, a 500 percent increase.
In addition to the increased fines, the city will reportedly be investing in a new agency that will be entirely dedicated to inspecting current construction jobs and enforcing these rules. With a committed agency for keeping these construction companies in line, we can only hope that tragic accidents like the recent crane collapse can be averted.
The construction accident attorneys at Targan & ender PC are dedicated to offering legal representation to those hurt in workplace accidents throughout New Jersey, including Atlantic City, Cape May, and Egg Harbor.