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Immigrant Construction Worker Deaths on the Rise in NYC

The New York Times recently investigated all of the construction site accidents that resulted in fatalities in the past two years and found some interesting results. Perhaps the most startling statistic is that the number of Latino workers killed in construction site accidents is rising disproportionately to other workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This trend, the NYT says, is due to the fact that immigrants are not aware of safety requirements so they don’t know to speak up when they see problems. Even if they did recognize safety violations, they might fear for their jobs due to their legal status. Also, many immigrants are paid in cash and fear losing their jobs and being deported if they speak up.

Other information uncovered in the Times’ investigation includes:

  1. Safety measures were lacking on construction sites where fatal accidents took place
  2. In the time period between July 2014 to July 2015, 10 people died in construction site accidents. The annual average of worker deaths in the prior four years was 5.5 deaths.

Many of the problems with immigrant workers in New York’s construction industry are blamed on corruption. To combat this problem, NYC launched a Construction Fraud Task Force to investigate “wrongdoing and unsafe practices” at construction sites, including fraud, bribery, extortion, money laundering, bid rigging, larceny and safety violations.

While this news is specifically about New York City construction site accidents, it stands to reason that fatalities resulting from accidents on New Jersey construction sites are caused by lack of safety, as well.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction site accident, contact the knowledgeable personal injury lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC. Our experienced accident lawyers as well as our Workers’ Comp attorneys will protect your rights and fight for maximum compensation for you.

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