The New York City Department of Buildings has announced proactive enforcement sweeps to enforce safety rules at construction sites. Also, it was announced that the fines for failing to comply with safety regulations will quadruple.
These announcements follow an increase in construction worker fatalities, which made the front page of the New York Times last year. Last December, thousands of construction workers rallied outside City Hall for a safer workplace, carrying black coffins to support their statement.
Between October 2014 and September 2015, 18 construction workers have died in New York, compared to 12 worker deaths in the same period the year before, and 7 deaths two years ago. In 2015, almost a third of the deaths reported to OSHA1 from the state of New York were the result of a fall accident.