The Center for Popular Democracy released a report indicating that New York Hispanic and immigrant construction workers face the greatest risk dying in an accident while at work. Specifically, between the years 2003 and 2011, 60 percent of those who died in New York City construction accidents were Hispanics or immigrants. Spanish-language news station Univision reported an even higher figure, saying that 74 percent of construction accident fatalities throughout the state involve Hispanics while only 41 percent of New York's construction workers are Hispanic.
In September 2013, workers organized a protest to call attention to what they felt was inadequate safety spending by construction companies. The demonstration came after a 62-year-old construction worker was killed when the roof of the building in which he was working collapsed. Protesters claimed that New York contractors, to save money, use lower quality building materials and do not provide adequate safety training for workers.