Cutting corners at the risk of employees' lives? Shocking, but it's been argued as recently as late last month.
New York City records a large toll of construction accidents each year. That toll is increasing with the advent of a new real estate boom in new construction. One recent accident illustrates the plight of one construction worker in a freakish accident that occurred apparently on property owned or occupied by the New York Fire Department.
A worker, employed by Napa Auto Parts, was driving a forklift on Review Ave. near 35th St. in Long Island City. He stopped the machine in front of a van that was loading items at a warehouse. The warehouse had a sign in front that said, "F.D.N.Y. Parts Delivery." He put the forklift into neutral and got off it to assist in loading the van, witnesses say.
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Our thoughts are prayers are with the 11 year old girl who was struck by a yellow school bus as she was crossing the street at St. John's Place and Nostrand Avenue in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon (February 15, 2017). Reportedly, medics removed her to Kings County Hospital, where she was seen for head trauma and a fractured pelvis. We wish her a speedy and full recovery.
Police apparently stated that the child was in the crosswalk when she was struck. A witness, Jovani Soto, was quoted as saying that the bus was turning the corner and suggested that the bus was moving too quickly. Mr. Soto further explained, "I guess her book bag or something like hit the door or something. It made her spin and hit the floor. As he kept turning, he ran her over."
The description sounds absolutely horrific.
Pedestrians often face hazardous circumstances in New York City due to the significant number of accidents that occur daily involving motor vehicles. Many pedestrians are injured in pedestrian accidents involving buses, trucks, vans and other commercial vehicles. A certain number of these types of accidents involve pedestrians and workers who are on sidewalks that are invaded by runaway vehicles.
In one recent accident, a mini school bus jumped onto the sidewalk at the corner of Third Avenue and East 85th Street where it struck and injured four Doe Fund trainees. These are formerly homeless persons who are in a work trainee program sponsored by a non-profit organization. They were waiting to receive their daily assignments when they were struck.
Rakesh Ram, a 28-year-old construction worker, was killed in a random forklift accident in Queens. The fatal work accident took place in the Long Island City section of Queens on Review Avenue near 35th Street, a busy commercial block.
Ram was using the forklift in front of a warehouse. He placed the forklift in neutral and exited the cab of the machine, planning to walk towards a parked van The forklift, however, continued moving, pinning the unsuspecting worker between the forklift and the van. Emergency personnel were called to the scene and Ram was rushed to a nearby emergency room. He was sadly pronounced dead at Elmhurt Hospital.
As we have written about frequently in recent years, New York City is in the midst of an unprecedented construction boom. An unfortunate, but preventable, side effect of the increased building activity has been an increase in construction worker injuries and deaths.
Enter Intro 1447, also known as the Apprenticeship Safety Bill. This bill would require construction workers to complete an apprenticeship before working on any construction site 10 stories or larger, or any demolition site four stories or larger.
In New York City, there is currently a construction boom that is having a beneficial economic impact on businesses and on the thousands of individuals who are working in construction jobs. With that upswing in financial well-being, however, there is the problem of a steep increase of construction accidents and deaths within the past two years. Last week, thousands of construction workers got together to mourn the deaths of the 30 individuals who died during that period.
The event on Jan. 31 was not just a memorial; it was also a call to city officials for the implementation of increased safety measures to reduce the death toll. The President of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, comprised of construction workers who are union members, announced that the group supports a proposed bill submitted by two City Councilmembers. If passed, the law would promote construction worker safety by requiring training in construction skills.
Recent data shows that illegal parking in bike lanes throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn is on the rise and creating more dangers for cyclists as well as increasing the rate of a possible bicycle accident. According to amNew York, nearly 1000 complaints of cars parked in bike lanes have been logged in a three month period between October 2016 and January 2017. The numbers suggest that, though some action was taken to protect the lanes from parked cars, little is being done to enforce those protections.
Members of the City Council are weighing a series of proposed laws that are focused on improving worker safety in the construction industry. The new laws are gaining momentum as the plight of the construction worker is being played out in local media outlets. The media, though slow to report on this ongoing problem, has recently revealed that more than 30 workers have died in construction accidents over the past 2 years. This has sparked some - but not enough - public outrage and has galvanized local leaders to try and make a change.