Construction Safety Report

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REBNY conducted a comprehensive analysis of construction related accidents during the six years between 2010-2015. Key findings from this analysis found that:

  • The most unsafe construction projects in New York City, during this six-year time period, were sites less than 10 stories tall.
  • Among the vast majority of fatalities, 75% occurred at sites less than 10 stories high and 60% of fatalities occurred at sites under five stories.
  • After an accident occurs, and the NYC Department of Buildings investigates, sites under 10 stories are 43% more likely to receive a safety violation.


"Improving safety at construction sites is critical as New York City’s continued growth creates new housing and jobs.  Data, not rhetoric, should guide policy to improve construction safety.  Our analysis provides insight as to where attention needs to be focused.  We are committed to work with government officials and others to ensure best practices are put in place with a goal of ensuring every construction site in New York City complies with such practices," said John H. Banks, III, REBNY President.