construction danger

In a city that never sleeps with a skyline that’s constantly changing, construction safety is more important than ever before. NYC doesn’t have the best record for construction site safety, which is why NYC construction safety requirements are constantly changing and improving.

Still, statistics show that construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in NYC, with injuries and deaths increasing by 18% in the first half of 2018 alone. Last year, there were 253 reported construction accidents and 4 deaths just in Manhattan.1 At The Safety Group, we’re committed to protecting workers by offering site safety consulting and DOB construction safety courses. We’re exploring notable dangerous construction sites and sharing how the dangers could have been avoided.

2019 Dangerous Construction Sites in NYC

We’re a little over halfway through the year, and 2019 has already seen its fair share of NYC construction accidents. Here are some of 2019’s most dangerous sties and accidents:

  • July subway flood – In mid-July, an Instagram video of water pouring through a subway platform went viral. The deluge came through a plywood wall that was allegedly placed by a construction company working on the station. An investigation is underway to see if the company used proper pumping systems to temporarily drain the site and station. 2
  • Construction shaft fall in Brooklyn – In May, a worker fell through a construction shaft that did not have guardrails and the worker was not wearing a safety harness. After the accident, the DOB placed a stop work order, violations, and penalties to the general contractor.3
  • Bronx excavator fall – In July, a Bronx construction worker was crushed to death by a falling excavator bucket, which weighed at least 2,000 pounds. 4


Unfortunately, construction site fatalities have been increasing in 2017, 2018, and it seems 2019 in NYC. Construction deaths in NYC and construction accidents are increasing at alarming rates, and site safety is imperative. Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in New York City due to several factors, including the rate of construction citywide and the height associated with many projects in the city and boroughs.

Avoiding NYC Construction Accidents

Local Law 196 has been passed to help reduce the number of dangerous construction sites in NYC by ensuring all workers, contractors, and site safety supervisors are properly trained for OSHA requirements and more. All workers and supervisors must develop an understanding of Local Law 196 so they can meet all its requirements. Contact our team at The Safety Group for safety training, safety consulting, and more.