De Blasio Plans Inspection ‘Blitz’ to End Construction Site Carnage

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A week after a crane collapse killed a man in Lower Manhattan, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a rigorous new regulatory regime he said would stop the recent spike in deaths in the construction industry.

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The mayor cited city statistics showing that 11 people died on construction sites last year—the federal government puts the figure at 16—and noted the rise work-related fatalities had coincided with a building boom. He then laid out the plan for a “blitz” of inspections that he said would punish abusive and neglectful employers and improve safety.

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