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With construction injuries on the rise, NYC steps up surprise job site inspections

The surprise inspections are New York’s most aggressive effort to tighten oversight of construction sites after a surge in worker injuries as the city undergoes its biggest building boom in more than half a century… …In the first nine months of this year — as dozens of surprise inspections were carried out daily — construction […]

Construction Injuries Down More Than 26 Percent in 2019 as City Enforcement Efforts Increase

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Deputy Mayor Laura Anglin, and New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca announced that injuries during the construction of buildings declined more than 26 percent in January through October 2019 compared to the same period last year. The injury decline comes even as the city’s construction boom shows no signs […]

7 unfinished NYC infrastructure projects poised to change the city in the 2020s

New York City is no stranger to colossal infrastructure and development projects that often come with harrowing delays. The past decade was no exception, with a handful of major projects that have been years (or decades) in the making finally coming into focus—though some are still a long ways off from crossing the finish line. Some […]

Police Dress As Highway Construction Workers, Hand Out Tickets

State police troopers from Troop K handed out more than 40 tickets during last week’s “Operation Hardhat” in Westchester County. It was a joint initiative with the state Department of Transportation that featured state troopers dressed as highway workers to crackdown on work zone violations and highlight the importance of safe driving through active construction. […]

Construction begins at Google’s Hudson Square campus

Construction at Google’s planned new campus in Hudson Square has officially begun. The northern sections of the St. John’s Terminal building have been demolished, signaling the beginning of what will be a gut renovation of the building and an addition of eight floors—a move that will bring the building’s height to 232 feet from 80 feet, […]

Brooklyn-based construction robotics startup Toggle gets $3M seed fund

Toggle, a Brooklyn-based robotics startup, announced today that it scored $3 million in seed funding. The early-stage round was led by Point72 Ventures’ AI Group, with participation from Mark Cuban and VC Twenty Seven Ventures. The series follows a 2018 pre-seed round of $570,000 from its Urban-X accelerator, Urban Us, Accelerate NY / Empire State […]

Dramatic drop in NYC union membership

Union membership in New York City declined in the last year, erasing gains the union movement had made during the strong economic expansion of recent years. The annual report on union density in the city and the state from the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, released Monday, reported that 21.8% of all wage and salary workers in […]

Pair of NYC construction honchos to lose licenses over worker death

The city is suspending the licenses of two construction bosses who it maintains contributed to the death of a worker on a Hamilton Heights job site in June. The Department of Buildings will suspend the special rigger licenses of Bellet Construction head Wayne Bellet and Zain Contracting’s Mohammad Bhutta, the agency announced on Wednesday. It is also […]

Skanska scans its way through goliath NYC projects

If you could pick the perfect proving ground for testing the merits of a new construction-site technology, there are perhaps no better projects than the Terminal B facility at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport and the Moynihan Train Hall at the James A. Farley Post Office building. Skanska USA is handling the design and construction […]

Construction jobs reach record levels in city

Jobs in the city’s construction industry continue to climb to record levels, says state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. New York City’s total construction employment was just under 158,000 last year, topping a record of around 150,000 reached just a year earlier, according to a report from the comptroller’s office Thursday. The city’s construction industry added 45,300 […]