STATEMENT BY COUNCIL MEMBER WILLIAMS

“We’re saddened to offer our prayers of peace and comfort to the family and friends of yet another young man who lost his life on a New York City construction site. If it is even possible to make such news worse, getting it during the holiday season must be unimaginable. My thoughts are with them.

“This fatality marks the 30th construction worker death this City has experienced since 2015. There is no other industry where workers would die at this rate without significant preventative recourse. The atmosphere of safety belongs to the developer, construction company, and the worker. The government must be unyielding in making sure that the atmosphere truly exists and is compulsory.

“While we have seen some progress in improving safety on job sites, the progress is not happening fast enough as the casualty number rises. The time has passed when condolences are not enough; the only action will do. If we cannot provide answers to New Yorkers, we should start shutting down sites that have had persistent safety problems immediately.”