Photo Credit: Mel Peffs
Council Member Rory I. Lancman, Chairman of the Courts and Legal Services Committee, and Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Chairman of the Housing and Buildings Committee, released the following joint statement after a crane collapse killed two construction workers today in Briarwood, Queens.
STATEMENT FROM COUNCIL MEMBERS LANCMAN AND WILLIAMS
"We would like to offer our prayers of peace and comfort to the families of the workers who died. The tragic death of two construction workers at a non-union job site in Queens is a stark reminder of the dangerous conditions that workers face in our city. We cannot take a backseat role when it comes to the safety of our workers, especially during windy conditions like those today. What's most alarming is that a recent Crain's report showed a third of construction deaths last year were uncounted by the administration. The City must stay vigilant in preventing fatalities as well as monitoring sites - especially after a tragedy - so it can examine how to remedy safety breakdowns on that location and other sites.
"We cannot ignore safety just so we can keep up with the construction boom taking place in the city. While the City has made real efforts to improve safety on job sites, this tragic accident is evidence that much more needs to be done as soon as possible. We owe it to the workers."
Editor's Note: While this happened in Queens, it could of happened in the Bronx, and that is why this item has been posted on this blog.