The New York City Council has unanimously passed Intro 1447, a bill requiring most construction workers to take 40 hours of safety training. A major holdup had been the concern that many immigrant and low-income day laborers would be shut out of the construction trades by the requirement.
Two workers were killed and another was injured in separate fall accidents on the same day last week in Manhattan. The tragedies prompted a call by Queens Assemblyman Francisco Moya for the swift passage of a bill he is sponsoring, known as "Carlos' Law."
The National Safety Council, a nonprofit that has tracked traffic injury and fatality trends for nearly 100 years, has released its preliminary numbers for the first half of 2017. There's good news and there's bad news.
A 2013 Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll asked older American workers -- those between about 55 and 70 -- about their job duties. A full 44 percent reported that their jobs required physical effort either "most of the time" or "almost all of the time." And yes, 36 percent reported that they have a harder time completing those physical duties than they used to.
In past blogs, we've talked in-depth about the hazardous conditions that cause construction accidents in New York City. In fact, although they only make up three percent of the city's workforce, construction workers account for more than one-third of all workplace fatalities.