Work Site Accidents

Most work site accidents are preventable if proper safety precautions are taken. Clipping in safety harnesses when working near an open drop, installing/maintaining proper guardrails and work site safeguards, also good housing keeping practices on the site, are all ways the potential for injury can be prevented before a tragedy occurs. But if an accident does happen, it is important to speak up and report it immediately to both your supervisors at the site and to the Department.

DOB safety inspectors are there to confirm your construction site, your place of work, is not posing a danger to you and your coworkers. DOB will not ask for immigration status, and accidents can be reported anonymously. Our mission is always one of safety.

What to do if there is an accident at your construction work site

  1. If someone is hurt, call 911.
  2. If no one is hurt, call 311 or DOB at (212) 602-0431.
  3. Report all accidents to your site-safety professional, if any, and your supervisor.
  4. Stay at the site until government safety investigators get there and wait for their direction.
    • Call 311 to report unsafe conditions at your construction work site. You do not need to give your name.
    • DOB will not ask for your immigration status.
    • To learn more about your rights, construction safety, and training resources visit

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