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    :: Saturday, November 04, 2006 ::

    Task Force Formed To Study Construction Deaths - By ELIZABETH SOLOMONT, The New York Sun
    According to Ms. Lancaster, the buildings department already has taken steps to curtail safety violations. Over the past two weeks, she said inspectors have conducted a sweep of 332 construction sites citywide that utilize hanging scaffolding. They issued 30 stop-work orders to sites that failed to comply with department regulations, she said.

    Industry insiders blamed the recent wave of accidents on the city's construction boom, increased work on exterior facades, contractors who are rushing to finish jobs before winter, and a shortage of trained workers.

    According to the president and CEO of the Building Trades Employers' Association, Louis Coletti, who offered to pay for Jara's body to be shipped back to Ecuador, safety should not be a union issue. 'This is not an issue of union or nonunion,' he said. 'It's an issue of protecting the public and worker safety.'
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