It should come as no surprise to anyone that the construction industry in New York City is not well-regulated. Recent news stories about accidents, injuries and deaths illustrate the danger inherent in working construction in the city. A recent report from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) comes down hard on safety on construction sites in the city.
Partner Stephen Murphy was interviewed by WPIX in New York City in the aftermath of a tragic accident. A two-year-old child was killed by bricks falling off a building on the Upper West Side. When asked whether there has been an increase in this type of accident in recent weeks, Murphy said, "We have [seen it] and that is going to come with the increase construction activity that is taking place, particularly across New York City, there is construction everywhere you look."
Dominick Deluca, a construction worker from Dover, New Jersey, fell from scaffolding and plummeted to his death yesterday at a Bronx construction site. Deluca was working in a public housing development located on Webster Avenue in the Bronx. He fell from a 15-foot high scaffold platform, hitting his head on the pavement. The impact to his head rendered him unconscious.
He was found by co-workers and responding officers lying on the ground helpless with obvious trauma to his head. Emergency personnel, after finding him, rushed him to Bronx Lebanon Hospital to try to save his life. Tragically, he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy are following the horrific Amtrak train derailment that occurred last night around 9:30pm in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. The train was traveling from Washington DC to New York City along the northeast corridor, the busiest passenger line in the country. The train was reportedly carrying 238 passengers and 5 crew members when its engine and all 7 cars violently derailed from the tracks.
The school year will soon be over. Kids and teens will flock to the beaches and amusement parks in the New York City area as summer settles in. Where are these amusement parks, and how safe are they? Do parents need to worry?
Of course, parents worry about everything, but amusement parks pose a special challenge. Many rides at theme parks, water parks and old fashioned thrill parks are based on the feeling of danger. Rides at amusement parks take safety to the edge. When a roller coaster drops three stories or swings fly out into the air, riders feel as if they have lost control and will fall. And that's the point.
Did you know that the New York City Department of Buildings has a website that provides information about individuals and businesses that violate the city's building codes? One example is the Top 10 list of elevator ordinance violators. The list names both the building address and the owner. As of March 5, 2015, the top elevator offenders were:
- 540 Jackson Avenue, Bronx. Owner: 540 Jackson Realty Corporation
- 1839 University Avenue, Bronx. Owner: Leyda Soto
- 657 Crotona Parkway North, Bronx. Owner: 653-657 LLC
- 561 West 147th Street, Manhattan. Owner: 147th Street Corporation
- 545 West 146th Street, Manhattan. Owner: 545 West 146th Street, Inc.
- 129 Ridge Street, Manhattan. Owner: 129-135 Ridge Street HDFC
- 104-60 Queens Boulevard, Queens. Owner: Parker Queens LP
- 2205 Davidson Avenue, Bronx. Owner: New Day Housing Corporation
This DOB list is based on complaints, violations, maintenance filings, and field inspection records. These offenders will be pursued under the Elevator Enforcement Program.
In addition to investigating workplace accidents and deaths, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) educates employers, workers and the public about safety in the workplace. It conducts publicity campaigns, produces signs and provides classes to educate those who are most able to reduce the number of worker injuries and deaths - the employers of construction workers and the workers themselves.
Worker Killed Following Trench Wall Collapse at Local New Jersey Construction Site
A 43-year-old construction worker was tragically killed on Monday after a trench collapsed during the construction of a home in Franklin Township, New Jersey. The worker was buried alive while working in the trench that was being used for the installation of utilities. Five workers who were present when the walls of the trench gave way tried to save their co-worker, but were not able to rescue the man.
The governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, announced last week that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) may receive a $1 billion loan from the federal government to help prevent train accidents like the December 2013 derailment that killed four people in the Bronx. Known as a positive train control system (PCT), the technology would monitor the speed and location of every train and slow it down without operator involvement.
The money would be delivered in the form of a low-interest loan (under three percent) that would be paid off over 22 ½ years. The loan must still be approved by the Federal Railroad Administration and the board of the MTA.
The accident that killed four people and injured many others occurred when a Metro North commuter train hit a tight curve near Spuyten Duyvil at 82 mph, more than 50 mph over the speed limit for that curve. The train flipped off the track because the engineer had fallen asleep and failed to apply the brakes.