In a city whose skyline might be dotted with more than 400 cranes on any given day, construction safety has always been a particularly fraught issue. With every crane accident come investigations, criticisms and a wave of regulations designed to ensure that the same lapses never reoccur. Yet the fact remains that New York City has seen a disturbing surge in the number of workers hurt or killed on construction sites. According to a report last month from the de Blasio administration, the number of construction-related accidents hit 500 in fiscal year 2016, compared to 314 the previous year — a 59 percent jump and a more than 200 percent increase from 2012. By the city’s count, 11 people died on construction sites in 2015, up from eight the previous year and four in 2011.
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