Throughout New York City, it’s common to see buildings covered in skeletal frames of metal bars and wooden planks. This is due in part to the current construction boom as well as the city's Scaffold Safety Law. The law was enacted in an effort to protect construction workers who must perform work at heights and outlines several requirements with regard to when scaffolds must be used and how they must be constructed and maintained.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, during 2013 alone, roughly one out of every five U.S. workplace fatalities occurred in the construction industry. From scaling scaffolding and working from heights to performing excavation work and working in confined spaces; the many and varied dangers faced by construction workers mean that safety must always be a top priority.
Throughout New York City, signs of economic progress and prosperity are abound. One of the most noticeable indicators of the city’s strong economy revolves around the current building boom. Already this year a total of 43,783 building permits have been issued—a number that by year's end could rival the record-setting building permit numbers of the 1960s.