Following the 13th construction death of the year, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has publicly stated his discontent with the city's Department of Buildings. The 13 deaths this year is already more than half of the total for all of 2007.
"I don't think anyone should be fully satisfied with the Department of Buildings," Bloomberg told reporters, "whether they've done everything they can or not is something I'm looking at."
The Department of Buildings has made some strides, however. When Bloomberg took office earlier this year, there were a mere 277 inspectors working for the Department. The Department has already hired over 130 more inspectors.
Most importantly, Bloomberg said that "Simply shrugging your shoulders and saying, 'Well, after all, construction work is a dangerous occupation,'" won't cut it anymore.