DOB Releases Construction Safety Report For 2021

Updated: Jul 26


In its second annual Construction Safety Report released on March 28, 2022, the New York City Department of Buildings provides an analysis of safety trends in the five boroughs over the 2021 calendar year.

“We are publishing a comprehensive report on building construction safety, so we can better track incidents and understand why they occur. Data analysis like this is a critical part of our strategy to help our industry partners properly safeguard their work sites,” said Constadino "Gus" Sirakis, P.E., Acting Commissioner at the time of the report release.

In 2021 there was an increase in new development projects in NYC compared to 2020, including more total permits issued, more initial permits issued, more proposed dwelling units, and more new construction floor area.

2020

2021

%+/-

Total Permits Issued (Initial+Renewal)

​147,760

​168,423

13.9% +

New Construction Floor Area Sq.Feet

32,939,642

42,925,470

30.3% +

The report shows that for the third year in a row, building construction-related incidents have declined in NYC, even as construction activity has rebounded from a pandemic-related low in 2020.

The report also highlights the nine tragic fatal construction worker incidents that occurred on building work sites across the five boroughs, as well as initiatives launched by the DOB to enhance work site safety and protect the public.

Incidents

Injuries

Fatalities

​2018

​1193

759

​13

2019

​960

594

14

2020

796

502

8

​2021

712

505

9