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The Price of Inaction: New York

The Cost of Unsafe Construction in New York City

Nov. 14, 2013 — During 2011 and 2012, 1,513 construction workers lost their lives on the job in the United States, more than any other industry. Thirty-six of these fatalities occurred in New York City.

New York City could reduce the risk of construction industry fatalities by requiring the use of registered New York State apprentices on all publically assisted development and construction projects, including those financed through public benefit corporations. Intro 1169-2013, a bill introduced in the New York City Council, would seek to improve safety by closing gaps in requirements for employers to maintain apprenticeship programs. Safety training is the cornerstone of apprenticeship programs. The benefits of these programs are shared by industry, workers and taxpayers.

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