11 construction workers died and 586 were injured on the job in New York City last year according to statistics from the NYC Department of Buildings. Half of the fatalities occurred in Manhattan, 2 in Brooklyn, 2 in Queens and one in the Bronx. No fatalities were reported in Staten Island. 12 construction workers died yearly during the 4 previous years. When looking at these numbers it is important to keep in mind that the NYC Department of Buildings has very narrow criteria to count construction fatalities in the city and an estimated one third of the construction deaths recorded by OSHA in New York City dot not appear in the DOT stats.
The number of workers injured in construction accidents in New York City last year declined compared to the 3 previous years but was higher than in 2015. 586 construction workers sustained injuries on construction sites in the city last year compared to 761 in 2018, 666 in 2017, 599 in 2016 and 472 in 2015 according to the DOT statistics. Most accidents occurred on Manhattan construction sites followed by Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island. The monthly number of hard hats injured on the job reached a peak in August at 62 and were above 50 during the warm season in May, June, July and September. During all other months of 2019 the number of injuries recorded on NYC construction sites in 2019 was below 50. This is quite an improvement compared to the year before during which injuries almost reached 100 in May and were above 50 every month except for November and December.
Manhattan Construction accident deaths and injuries are still on a rising trend despite a decline in both deaths and injuries last year. 4 construction workers died in Manhattan during the 3 month period of April, May and June and 2 others in October. July and August had the highest number of injuries with 38 workers injured in July and 34 in August.
One construction worker was killed in a partial building collapse in the Bronx in August. Five of his colleagues were also injured in the same accident. A total of 12 construction workers were injured in the Bronx in August. This is the highest monthly number of hard hats injured on Bronx sites over the last four years. While the trend of Bronx construction fatalities stays flat, the trend of Bronx construction injuries is rising. 54 workers were injured in 2019 compared to respectively 48, 38, 17 and 16 in 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015.
After a peak in 2018, the number of workers injured on Brooklyn construction sites declined in 2019. A total of 142 workers sustained injuries in Brooklyn construction accidents in 2019 compared to 177 in 2018, 113 in 2017, 98 in 2016 and 93 in 2017. 2 fatal accidents were recorded in November and April compared to 3 in 2018 and 4 in 2017.
One worker died on a construction site in Queens last July and another one in August after 15 months without fatalities. While construction deaths are on a declining trend in Queens, injuries are on a rising trend over the last 5 years. Injuries recorded a peak at 17 in June 2017. The following year the worst month for Queens construction sites was May with 13 injuries recorded. In 2019, the worst month was April with 10 injuries reported to the NYC DOT. Despite a decline between 2017 and 2019, the trend is still rising.
Over the last 5 years only one Staten Island construction worker fatality was reported to the NYC DOT in November 2015. The yearly number of injuries were at a record low with only two construction workers injured on the job in 2019.