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CONSTRUCTION H&S PERFORMANCE IN US

Report reveals construction fatality rate almost fives times GB rate

The New York Committee for Occupational Health and Safety (NACOSH) has published a new report, Dying for Work in New York. The report highlights that 219 workers died at work in New York State in 2007.

Fatalities in the construction sector are the highest of all sectors with 57 deaths in 2007. The construction fatality rate was 16.2 per 100,000, almost 5 times the GB rate (3.4) for the same period.

The report states that : “though the construction boom seems to be abating, the numbers of fatalities in this sector are still high compared to workers in general, and many employers fail to prioritise safety and contribute further to the dangers”.

The report also expresses concern at the OSHA proposed move to a federal crane standard stating that it would “prevent the New York City Department of Buildings from licensing crane operators, inspecting work sites and enforcing regulations which are significantly stronger than those required in the proposed OSHA regulations”.

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