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NYC Trenching Accident Illustrates Dangers

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A recent accident on Manhattan's Lower East Side illustrates the dangers of working in trenches. According to media sources, worker was injured when the sidewall of a trench collapsed, leaving the man buried under several feet of sand and gravel.

The incident occurred at Seward Park Co-operative, located at 413 Grand Street.

Court Triumph For Union Laborer Injured in Construction Accident

Lawyers from all over New York State and beyond bring their most significant cases to Block O'Toole & Murphy. The firm is widely regarded as one of the top trial firms in the entire country and that is typically the reason why lawyers are interested in the firm handling their cases. But this collection of talented lawyers does much more than just trial work.

Dangerous Ocean Parkway slated for traffic safety improvements

An important source of information about traffic accidents, dangerous intersections and badly maintained streets is DNAinfo.com. This online magazine focuses on New York City's neighborhoods in detail, and the publication usually contains a story or two about traffic safety and how the Department of Transportation and local Community Councils address problems.

For example, on January 19, DNAinfo.com published an article about pedestrian accidents in Kensington, a highly diverse neighborhood in Brooklyn. D NAinfo.com regularly analyzes collision data provided by the New York Police Department. The most recent review focuses on the ten most dangerous intersections in this neighborhood.

Falling Guardrail Results in Stop Work Order at NYC's Tallest Building

No one was injured in an incident at what is thought to be the tallest building in New York City, 432 Park Avenue. However, the accident illustrates a common hazard in high-rise building construction - falls resulting from missing or damaged guard rails.

Last week, a section of guardrail about eight feet long fell to the sidewalk on 56th Street. It became separated from a hoist on the 81st floor. The building will ultimately be 96 stories tall, taller than 1 World Trade Center without its spire. It guardrail fell in front of the entrance to a building across the street, which is currently occupied.

Airport Construction Accident Illustrates Big Four Workplace Hazards

Just a few weeks ago, a post on this blog discussed the dangers of working in airports. Although the post primarily described the kinds of accidents that occur at the big airports in the New York City metro area -JFK, LaGuardia and Newark, even very small airports experience serious accidents that leave workers seriously injured.

A recent incident at the Morristown (NJ) Municipal Airport confirms this. Last Friday morning, a worker was seriously injured when an airplane hangar collapsed. The employee, a 35-year-old man from Toms River, New Jersey, was working the project to construct the hangar. The structure, which had only progressed to the point where steel erector beams had been installed, collapsed around 11:15 AM.

The worker fell, injuring his leg. It is not known how far he fell. Another worker was also injured, but suffered only extensive bruising to his arm. This worker, a 37-year-old man from Egg Harbor, New Jersey, was expected to make a full recovery.

According to a spokesperson from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is investigating the incident, the two workers were in a basket when the wind picked, shearing off the bolts hold the structure that then collapsed.

OSHA confirmed that the construction company that employed the two men has a history of OSHA violations. The company, 360 Street Erectors of Toms River, New Jersey, has five recent violations, including one "repeat" violation. The exact nature of the violations was not reported in news stories last week.

It is not known why the structure collapsed. OSHA has six months to investigate, write and release its report on the accident. According to the agency, falls are one of the four primary causes of injuries to construction workers. The other three are:

· Being struck by moving or falling objects

· Being caught in between buildings, moving vehicles and construction equipment, being buried when a trench collapses

· Electrical shock

Whether a worker is employed at an airport or is working on a many-story tower in Manhattan, the big four construction accidents take many lives and cause many injuries each year, despite OSHA's efforts to provide safety materials and training to workers and their employees.

Are Construction Site Safety and Corruption Monitors Up to Task As New York Continues Building Explosion?

The construction industry has had its fair share of safety and corruption scandals. We have witnessed over and over how worker safety is trampled on. We have also seen, whether in person, in a movie or on a television show like the Sopranos, that corruption can be a pivotal force in the construction industry. As a result of both the reality and the perception, companies were hired to monitor the safety practices at construction sites as well as to ensure that corruption practices were no longer in place. These monitors began in the 1980s after a series of embarrassing stories emerged about corruption being rampant at both union and nonunion jobs. The intention was to bring integrity to the undertaking. Now, construction has reached an all-time high and the expectation is that it will continue to grow in the upcoming years. The greater volume of work makes oversight a much more challenging proposition. As the industry changes will the ability to monitor it change?

Huge Brooklyn Collision Injures As Many as 25 People

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There was a frightening collision in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn yesterday. 25 people were injured and 3 of those remain in very critical condition. The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy are following it and bring you the details below.

The harrowing crash involved 3 different vehicles. A BMW was traveling southbound on Utica Avenue when it collided with a Nissan Altima that was coming out of a nearby parking lot. The BMW was then propelled into the path of a city bus, the B46. The front of the bus forcefully crashed into the BMW, causing the steel of the car to crumple. Photographs of the crash illustrate just how forceful and terrifying this collision must have been.