Scaffolding Deaths Are Claiming New York’s Immigrant Workers in an Industry Lacking Accountability

Observer recently published an article highlighting how New York City facade work — and a lack of compliance — is posing a threat to workers and ways to avoid safety hazards when scaffolding is involved.

AKAM’s Vice President of Building Operations & Compliance, Chris Alker, spoke with Observer about how risky facade work can be for workers.

“Though building owners won’t cut corners, per se, they may seek to delay facade repairs if city regulations allow it,” said Chris Alker.

“The longer scaffolding is up, the longer work is happening; the longer work is happening, the higher propensity for risk,” Alker said. “More people are climbing on the building for a longer period of time, and it’s a numbers game.”

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