New York Building-Safety Laws Cut Accidents 18%, Bloomberg Says

New York City construction accidents decreased by 18 percent last year, and those resulting in injury fell by 7.8 percent, declines Mayor Michael Bloomberg attributed to safety measures the city has enacted since 2008.

Five accidents last year resulted in deaths, one more than in 2010, because of violations of safety procedures, the mayor said. Construction-related accidents fell to 128 last year from 157 in 2010, and mishaps that caused injury fell to 152 from 165 in 2010, the mayor said.

“Even as construction activity rose by nearly 8 percent last year, the number of construction-related accidents fell,” Bloomberg told reporters at a construction site in Queens. Rules prohibiting smoking have reduced fires, and “cocoons” used around work areas have prevented materials from falling and causing injury, he said.

The city Buildings Department issued more than 5,100 stop-work orders last year to violators of the safety rules, the mayor’s office said in a statement.

The city began instituting new laws and rules in 2008 after crane accidents killed three workers in two accidents within three months, and after a 2007 fire during demolition of the Deutsche Bank building in Lower Manhattan killed two firefighters.

The mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

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