Several New York City building trades are calling for stricter enforcement of safety rules and training, according to a report broadcast yesterday on New York Public Radio. The rise in construction worker's deaths, 29 in 2006 compared with 18 the year before, has led these groups to worry that developers have skimped on safety, according to the report.
"There's a lot of money in the construction business
right now – there's billions of dollars going on here – but a how much money
are you going to save or try to make when you have someone getting hurt or
someone killed," Father Brian Jordan told the radio station. Jordan
counsels immigrant workers and says he's worried about the negative affects of
the city's construction boom.
Late last week, Father Jordan organized a vigil for a
worker who died when he fell off of a scaffold on Wednesday. Department of
Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster told the radio station that the city
has launched several initiatives to increase worker safety, including increased
Calls to Increase Construction Safety (4/17)
April 17, 2007