Construction Worker Deaths Are Preventable. Why Aren't We Preventing Them?

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In this Nov. 12, 2008 file photo, carpenters work on the roof of a 30-story condominium project in the Williamsburg section of New York.

Thirty one construction workers have died in accidents over the past two years -- the vast majority were working on non-union sites. Dominique Bravo, director of Pathways 2 Apprenticeship, a nonprofit founded by community groups and labor unions that connects low-income New Yorkers with construction apprenticeships, Shi Greene, a peer mentor at Pathways 2 Apprenticeship (and a working construction apprentice), and Rosa Goldensohn, Crain's New York Business politics and government reporter, discuss the politics behind construction safety regulation, and a package of bills called the Construction Safety Act that lawmakers are introducing to the City Council Wednesday. Bravo and Greene say safety inspections are severely lacking in the city, and that these deaths can be prevented.