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

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 injuries fell by 26 percent to 437 from 590 in the same period the year before, according to city-data. — The New York Times

The surprise inspections have been carried out by a team of 38 experts in areas such as renovations, high-rise construction, scaffolding, and demolitions, reports The New York Times. The team is due to eventually grow to 53. Since September 2018, the team has completed 20,166 surprise inspections of 10,256 construction sites, according to The Times. Of those visits, 11,484 violations were issued, totaling $15 million in fines, with another 2,523 stop-work orders issued, The Times reports.

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