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Construction safety advocates want new regulations to make building projects safer. Local officials, hardhats and other citizens of New York City carried out a special demonstration last week in which they rallied to support the passage of the Construction Safety Act.

The Construction Safety Act, if passed, would offer stiffer regulations and safety requirements to protect workers from injury and death. Part of the act includes a special measure requiring construction employees to train in an apprenticeship program at over-10-story-high building construction sites.

Let's say you're a painter and all you have to do is prep the walls of buildings with primer. Even though your job doesn't require a lot of special training, the new safety regulations would require you to complete an apprenticeship program before you can work on a skyscraper project.

Rally fueled by frightening construction death statistics

Trade unions supporting the measure say that 30 workers have died in New York City construction accidents over the last two years. Other statistics featured in the "Deadly Skyline" report (published by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health) show that 80 percent of construction-related deaths in the last two years happened to nonunion workers. Furthermore, 90 percent of the building sites where fatal accidents happened also violated safety laws.

According to the Real Estate Board of New York, another area that needs attention is the fact that 75 percent of construction deaths happen at construction sites for under-10-story projects. These smaller building projects also come with a 43 percent higher chance of having safety violations.

Law would reduce construction jobsite death risks, advocates say

NYCOSH says the death statistics reveal how urgently the city needs to pass the Construction Safety Act, which was designed to reduce and prevent serious on-the-job accidents and injuries. Proponents say that the new law would change the way construction firms manage and hire their workers and ensure that workers have better safety training.

Were you hurt in a construction accident?

When a construction company employs a worker at an unsafe job site with safety violations, that company could be liable for injuries if a construction accident occurs. Workers' compensation benefits will automatically cover workers injured on the job at a construction site. However, if the worker can prove that overt negligence of a construction company (in violation of safety regulations) caused injuries, it may be possible to secure additional financial compensation in court.

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