On September 11, 2001, New York's skyline and identity changed forever. More than 15 years later, many New Yorkers are still experiencing aftershocks of 9/11, often in unexpected ways. Unusual and devastating health conditions continue to affect people who were near the nightmare on 9/11.
So far, New York has seen twice as many construction-related fatalities in 2018 than the same time frame in 2017. While four people died on construction sites in the Big Apple in 2017, this year has seen eight fatalities so far, according to the NYC Department of Buildings.
The urban landscape of New York City is perpetually in flux. At all times of year and any time of day construction workers, craftsmen, city employees, and contractors can be found on the job, doing their best to keep the city growing in a safe and successful way. However, these industrial and construction jobs come with a heightened level of risk for those on the work site. In such situations, it is the responsibility of foremen, managers, and employers to make sure that the environment their employees work in is as safe as possible.
According to the old song, living should be easy in summertime. But summer is also the time of year when the most workers' compensation claims are filed at small businesses, according to New York-based Travelers Cos. Inc.
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, thousands of New York City employees worked to clear the rubble at Ground Zero and keep the city running. Many of those workers suffered serious illnesses because of the dust that covered the city, others lost their lives working to recover victims of the attacks.