New York City is undergoing another growth spurt - and construction workers may be paying a heavy price.
Anyone who works a construction site knows they're standing on dangerous ground. There are all kinds of tools, machines and heavy materials moving around -- any of which could damage a human body very badly upon impact.
It isn't just construction workers who are at risk of injuries from faulty or decaying scaffolding.
Electricity is a major hazard on any construction site, whether you're working on a new building or on a renovation.
Who ends up paying when you're working as an independent subcontractor on someone's house and end up injured?
The snowy, blustery winter is just about the only thing that can make a construction worker long for the full heat of summer again.
If you hire someone to replace your windows or your roof, what happens if one of the workers takes a tumble or falls from a ladder?
The city of New York is having a construction boom -- but there's also a booming list of accidents and injuries to go along with it.
It's a hard argument to make that New York City construction laborers shouldn't receive more than the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) bare minimum of 10 hours of safety training. Yet that is what some open-shop construction industry leaders did when presented with the New York City Council's draft legislation to require additional safety training for workers.
If you work in construction, whether you're a roofer or a welder, your job may be making you deaf.