Using the death of Latino construction worker Ricardo Gonzalez to illuminate his point, an elected official, Assemblyman Francisco Moya of Queens, forcefully demonstrated the importance of worker safety laws in New York. Moya pointed out that Mr. Gonzalez fell to his death at a construction site in Queens last year. He used statistics to illustrate the fact that fines provide little deterrence when it comes to safety decisions at a worksite. Gonzalez's employer paid a measly $10,440 for failing to provide a safe work site. That failure resulted in Mr. Gonzalez's death. Moya argues in the op-ed piece linked below that appeared in today's El Diario that fines like this provide little incentive for contractors, property owners and wealthy developers to place worker safety above profit.
Blaming the victim happens everywhere. But when it comes to pedestrian accidents in New York City, it seems more than occasional. Take the case of an elderly pedestrian killed on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The 89-year-old man was crossing E. 61st Street at First Avenue when he was struck by an SUV turning left from First Avenue. The NYPD said that the man was not in the crosswalk when he was hit. However, post-accident photos published in the New York Post showed the wheels of the SUV very close to the corner, suggesting that the victim was not as far from the crosswalk as the police indicated.
There's no such thing as a minor collision with a garbage truck. But a potential law in New York City may be passed that will make these life threatening crashes safer. Read about it below...
Recent construction industry reports named New York City as the city with the most multi-family units under construction in North America. It has overtaken the Canadian city of Toronto by 701 residential units under construction. While this represents only part of the construction industry sector in the city, the numbers reflect the overall construction boom that is happening. It also shows that the economic downturn that stalled residential construction of all types is a thing of the past.
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.