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On-The-Job Deaths & Severe Injuries ‘Continue To Occur’ On New York City Non-Union Construction Projects As Electrician Narrowly Escapes Electrocution, ‘Underscoring - Yet Again, How Dangerous Building In The Big Apple Has Become’

Published Monday, June 3, 2019 10:00 am
by Joe Maniscalco/LaborPress.org
On-The-Job Deaths & Severe Injuries ‘Continue To Occur’ On New York City Non-Union Construction Projects As Electrician Narrowly Escapes Electrocution, ‘Underscoring - Yet Again, How Dangerous Building In The Big Apple Has Become’

(NEW YORK CITY) - An Electrician narrowly escaped electrocution on a 10th Avenue construction site in Chelsea late last week, underscoring, yet again, just how dangerous building in New York City has become.

The harrowing incident occurred sometime before 10 a.m. on May 30th, on a Non-Union JRM Construction site located between West 13th and West 14th Streets.

According to New York City’s Department of Buildings, the unidentified Worker was in the switch gear room when he was “shocked” after touching the “service bus.” 

The Worker, who was photographed being carried off the construction site on a stretcher with a gruesome gash on his head, was reportedly sent to an area hospital in stable condition. 

Work at the 10th Avenue job site, meanwhile, continued.

New York City has yet to fully implement enhanced Safety Training Measures initially mandated two years ago, amidst a rash of Worker deaths - mostly on Non-Union construction sites. 

An average of 20 Construction Workers were killed on the job annually in New York City between the years 2007 and 2014.

During that time period, electrocution was the third leading cause of on-the-job deaths, right behind falls and Workers being crushed or being fatally struck by deadly objects.

The New York City Council recently extended the deadline for Construction Workers to receive enhanced Safety Training by six months

The New York City Vital Signs Report issued in 2017 found that Worker Safety is the responsibility of employers and recommended, in part, that they provide “all necessary safety training” and “assign Employees tasks appropriate to their skill level.”

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