The number of fatal construction-related accidents in New York City decreased in 2009 by 84% over the previous year. Three fatalities were reported in 2009 compared to 19 in 2008, 12 in 2007 and 18 in 2006, according to the New York City Dept. of Buildings. Though DOB reports show that permits issued for major construction decreased 33% in 2009, building department officials believe fatal construction-related accidents decreased by a far greater margin due to the department’s expanded enforcement powers, increased oversight of high-risk construction operations and new safety awareness programs. “While the tough economic times have slowed down construction,
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.