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New rules make construction sites safer in New York

According to data from the New York City Department of Buildings, there has been a 300 percent increase in construction since 2009. As a result, there are increased opportunities for workers to get hurt on the job. Aware of this fact, the New York Building Congress issued a statement saying that worker safety should be a priority and that worker injuries shouldn't be seen as a byproduct of a construction boom.

Since 2009, there has been a 98 percent increase in construction accidents, and new rules aim to bring that number down. For instance, on May 30, one went into effect that required construction superintendents for major construction projects of buildings less than 10 stories tall. An exception was made for the new construction of one, two or three-family homes. Those who don't comply with the new rule could face fines of up to $25,000 with other penalties levied as necessary.

Old rules only made it necessary to have a superintendent for new construction of buildings less than 10 stories tall. However, city officials noticed that 70 percent of accidents in 2015 took place on small job sites. Superintendent requirements were also expanded to require them to correct unsafe work conditions immediately and create a log for each time they entered the job site.

Individuals who are hurt while working on a construction site may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. In addition to workers' compensation benefits, there are some instances in which a separate personal injury lawsuit against a non-employer third party could be brought. This could be the case, for example, if the injury was due to a defective ladder or other piece of equipment. An attorney who has experience with these types of matters can provide further guidance.

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