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CONSTUCTION ACCIDENTS ARE A REGULAR OCCURRENCE IN NEW YORK CITY INVOLVING BOTH WORKERS AND PEDESTRIANS

Tina Nguyen was struck and killed last month by a plywood board that blew off a construction fence in Greenwich Village. This is a common occurrence that occurs on average at least once a month where a passerby is injured from a New York City construction site. According to the Buildings Department statistics, 2014 had the most construction accidents in at least seven years. This increase is largely because of economic growth which has lead to increasing construction and development. From 2008-2014 there have been 96 construction accidents involving pedestrians and other passersby resulting in 155 injuries. More than three-quarters of the accidents took place in Manhattan. These accidents include falling tools and materials, falling glass, and fences sheds and gates blowing or falling. These figures don't include the number of times objects fell and did not hit anyone. Three times in less than a year plexiglass fell from One57, a luxury 1,000 foot-tall hotel and tower under construction on West 57th Street, with no reported injuries.