tatement on Building Collapse Incident and Manhattan Construction Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 3, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the building collapse incident at 25 West 38th Street earlier today:

“The FDNY and NYPD personnel who responded to today’s incident have my thanks and congratulations for their dedicated work rescuing an injured worker who was trapped in the building, and my heart goes out to the family of the worker who was killed in today’s collapse.

“We’ve seen an alarming increase in the rate of construction site incidents, injuries, and fatalities. According to federal OSHA statistics cited in the Daily News, 18 workers died on construction New York City work sites from October 2014 through September 2015, compared to just 12 in the previous year, and seven the year before that.

“As Commissioners Nigro and Chandler indicated, we don’t yet know what caused this latest incident. But what’s become clear is these incidents are on the rise – and we need to act to reverse the trend. That’s why I’m convening a Manhattan Construction Safety Working Group, bringing together elected officials, construction professionals, policy experts, and our city agencies to study these issues and come up with solutions. The Working Group’s first meeting will take place Tuesday, November 10, at my office.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in government and the construction industry to ensure these incidents are much fewer and further between.”

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