The Real Deal reported that, in response to the number of construction-related fatalities in the past year, the New York City Department of Buildings has given out 4,580 stop-work orders in the first half of this year. This is the highest number of stop-work orders issued by the agency.
According to a Politico article, the number of stop-work orders issued in the first half of 2016 is 70% greater than it was during the first six months of 2012, when the Buildings Department issued 2,701 stop-work orders. In the first half of 2013, only 2,511 orders were issued, but that number increased over the next two years, to 3,172 in 2014 and 3,738 the following year.
Stop-work orders are issued to construction sites that have been cited for violations. This prevents any work from being done at the site until any fines are paid and any related problems at the site are remedied. A stop-work order can also be given out if the work is not done with a proper permit. The most common violations that warrant a stop-work order, according to the Politico article, are guard rails missing from the premises and gaping holes which could cause a worker’s injury or death.
The Real Deal reported that, so far this year, there have been at least 16 construction-related fatalities. The most notable occurred in February, when a 15-story crane collapsed in the Tribeca section of the city, killing a pedestrian and injuring 15 others. One stop-work order was issued this year for a roof installation project in Queens, in which one worker was killed and another was injured; according to Politico, the work was performed without a permit.
If you have been involved in a construction site accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and remedies. Call Arze & Mollica, LLP at (718) 996-5600 for a consultation today.