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NYC construction boom presents increased risk of construction accidents

New Yorkers have probably noticed or heard that there is currently a whole lot of new construction going on throughout the city. In fact, the rate of construction has apparently increased by 300 percent in the last seven years. The building boom is a good sign economically speaking—construction companies are keeping busy—but it is also a cause for concern when it comes to construction site accidents.

One of the risks of the heightened building activity is that New York City construction companies will see injuries and fatalities as an inevitable aspect increasing and expanding their business. The reality is that construction companies aren’t given any breaks from workplace safety requirements because they consider themselves too busy to attend to safety matters. 

Red Light Cameras: Friend Or Foe?

Are red light cameras keeping our roads safer for drivers, passengers and pedestrians?

Red light cameras were instituted with the premise being that everyone would benefit from a safety perspective. It follows, logically, that car crashes should be reduced in areas where cameras are present. However, a recent study released by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety suggests otherwise.

The lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy a firm with a long track record of helping car crash victims, tells you what you need to know below.


Car Crash Attorneys Weigh In On Legal Decision

A recent decision was issued by a New York Appellate Court involving a rear - end car crash is making the rounds in legal circles. Why? The Car Crash Attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy.

In the case of Oluwatayo v. Dulinayan, et al., the issue presented before the appellate court was whether a victim who was rear-ended in a motor vehicle accident was entitled to summary judgment on liability against any or all of the defendant drivers.

Number of NYC Car Crashes Soaring: Vision Zero

"Vision Zero" was an ambitious plan laid out by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Car Crash Attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have discussed it frequently.

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It seems, however, that it is yielding zero results when it comes to reducing the number of New York City car crashes. The Mayor launched this program with the hope that there would be no traffic deaths in New Your City by the year 2024. Instead, only 2 years after the program was launched, statistics reveal that fatal car crashes are occurring more frequently in 2016 than last year. This is a discouraging development.

Scaffold Safety: What Construction Workers Need To Know

The Construction Accident Attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy know that a scaffold accident can devastate a construction worker and his or her family. A serious scaffold accident can result in significant injuries and, sometimes, even death. Scaffold accidents may lead to medical expenses piling up and also preventing the victim from returning to work. So, it goes without saying, preventing scaffold accidents is critical. It will literally save and improve lives.

First and foremost, what is a scaffold? A scaffold is supposed to be a temporary structure used to support workers and materials that are intended to be used at a construction site. Scaffolds have been used at worksites for centuries. They afford workers an opportunity to perform construction work at an elevated height.


Ladder Falls: What Every Construction Worker Should Know

As construction accident attorneys, the lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy frequently confront cases involving ladder Falls. Falls are the leading cause of death in construction and ladders make up a significant percentage of those fatal accidents. Ladder Falls are often preventable. Preventing ladder falls can save lives. Below is a brief list of things that all construction workers should know.

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5 Things An Injured Worker Needs To Know

"No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood, because a nation built on the dignity of workmust provide safe working conditions for its people."
Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez

The Injured Worker Lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are frequently in front of workers who are unaware of their rights. This can lead to workplace injuries, sometimes life altering accidents. Below you will find a list of 5 core things that an injured worker needs to know. Hopefully this list will play some small role in reducing the number of serious workplace accidents. 

Elevator Accident In Washington Heights Kills Worker

People often feel uneasy when riding in elevator and this tragic accident may explain why. A 43-year-old man was killed in a freight elevator over the weekend and the Elevator Accident Lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy

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A worker at a Washington Heights store was killed in a random elevator accident. The man, a 43-year-old, was loading merchandise onto a freight elevator at a store located at 552 W. 182nd St., in Manhattan. The elevator made a sudden and unexpected move, lurching upward. This caused the worker to be pinned to the ceiling. Locals who knew the victim were shocked, according to an article in the New York Post).

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family. He went to work that morning and because of dangerous working conditions he never made it home to his loved ones. Tragic.

New Yorkers may take elevators for granted, blindly believing that they will function without failure. However, recent history tells us that elevator accidents, while uncommon, can happen and usually have severe consequences when they do.


Cause For Fear: NYC Crane Mishaps Continue To Mount


The Construction Accident Lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have oft discussed the perils associated with crane work at construction sites. The obvious dangers of crane work were further illuminated this week.

Shortly after noon on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, a crane collapsed on the Tappan Zee Bridge, injuring five people, shutting down traffic, and trapping motorists for hours. 

Construction Site Accident Injuries Pedestrian On 5th Avenue

This definitely was not the casual summer afternoon stroll on Manhattan's posh Fifth Avenue that this pedestrian likely envisioned.

The Construction Accident Lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are bringing you details of a reported serious accident at a construction site that injured an unwary pedestrian in Manhattan today.

According to reports, a man was seriously injured when a wooden panel apparently fell on him at a construction site along Fifth Avenue. The location is an area where a developer is in the midst of erecting a 50 story building. The man was walking past the work site in the vicinity of Fifth Avenue and 30th St. when a tall green panel fell on top of him. The panel, which had "post no bills" printed in white on it, was being used as part of a wall to ward off the construction site from the sidewalk. It was intended to keep the public separated from and safe from the dangerous construction work that was going on. This well-intended goal obviously fell far short of meeting expectations. The victim was rushed to nearby Bellevue Hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and those who love him.