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MTA Bus Driver Caught 'No-Handed'

This couldn't be what they meant when they coined the phrase "hands free." It certainly was not what Mayor DeBlasio had in mind when he came up with his "Vision Zero" traffic plan. Yet, an MTA bus driver was driving a crowded bus often without his hands on the steering wheel and his eyes on the road. 

$1,750,000 Accident Settlement Announced by NYC Law Firm

The New York City attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy obtained a $1,750,000 settlement for a client who was injured in a Long Island motor vehicle accident. Our client, who was 24-years-old at the time of the accident on October 27, 2012, was a clerk for the Township of Brookhaven in Suffolk County.

Auto Companies Resist Recalls

Although the car manufacturer General Motors likes to portray itself as a leader in automotive safety, the reality may be quite different. According to a recent story in the New York Times, GM recalled almost 30 million cars in North America last year.

Because of the spotlight shining on the safety of its vehicles, GM overhauled its safety practices. But was this enough? GM's response to a recent steering issue suggests that the company's commitment to safety may be only skin deep.

New York City Region Not Immune to Oil Disasters

train oil and gas tankers.jpgIf you think that New Yorkers are immune to the controversy over oil pipelines, oil trains and environmental disasters from petroleum shipment, think again. In the past year, companies shipping crude oil through New York State have significantly increased their presence in the state.

Fatal Construction Accidents Are Soaring to Frightening Heights in 2015

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Less than four months into the year, 2015 has already been a deadly one for the construction industry. There have been at least seven deaths at construction sites this year, compared with eight in all of 2014. If the current trend continues throughout the year, it will be the deadliest year for the construction industry in recent memory. This year's fatal accidents include the two people who were recently killed in an East Village building gas explosion, a worker who died in the Meatpacking District after soil collapsed around him, a pedestrian struck down by a flying piece of plywood from a construction fence and construction workers falling down an elevator shaft and then being crushed by metal beams. Just this week, there were four other workers who were seriously injured after a wall collapsed on them during demolition work in midtown Manhattan on Madison Avenue.

Road Repairs to Improve Safety Elusive in New York City

Nearly three-quarters of New York City's roads are in poor or mediocre condition, according to a national non-profit transportation organization, TRIP. More disturbingly, half of all bridges in the city do not meet current design and safety standards.

The report, "Conditions and Safety of New York's Roads and Bridges," notes that 43 percent of major local and state-maintained highways in the city are in poor condition, and only 16 percent are in good condition. Furthermore, 39 percent of locally and state-maintained bridges of more than 20 feet in length are in deteriorated condition.

22-Year-Old Construction Worker Killed In Soil Collapse

Fatal Construction Accident Occurred at Former Famed Pastis'Meatpacking District Site

A 22-year-old man was killed Monday afternoon when he became trapped in a dirt hole on a construction site at what used to be Pastis restaurant in the Meatpacking District, according to police. The man has not yet been identified.

The accident occurred at about 12:15 p.m. at a construction site located at 9-19 Ninth Avenue. The site was being developed into a Restoration Hardware store by Aurora Capital Associates; Aurora co-owns the property with William Gottlieb Real Estate; Harco Consultants Corp. was the contractor for the project; Everest Scaffolding was the scaffolding company, according to reports.

4 Workers Injured In Fall at Midtown Construction Site

Details are still emerging as we report that four construction workers were injured today in midtown Manhattan when they fell approximately 2 stories during demolition work at a construction site. This serious construction accident continues an alarming trend of recent, harrowing construction site accidents and injuries in New York City.

Was Toni Jackson Killed by Faulty Trash Machine at Work?

Toni Jackson's death on March 7, 2015 may have been the result of a faulty, makeshift trash hoist that was being used in the New York City Housing Authority building where she worked, according to a report generated by her union. We previously delved into this tragic accident and reported that the New York City Police Department suspected that Ms. Jackson, a 31-year-old single mother of 2 young children, died as a result of a work-related fall. This most recent report calls that conclusion into question.

Fatal Workplace Accidents in the NYC Region, 2013

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There were 152 fatal occupational injuries in the New York-Northern New Jersey and Long Island Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA) in 2013, the last year for which full statistics are available. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), this represents a decline of 32 over the number reported for 2012.

The New York Region Has the Most Workplace Deaths of Any Large SMSA

That's the good news. However, the bad news is that fatal occupational injuries in the New York SMSA are still far greater than those in any other of the largest 10 regions in the United States by a wide margin. The next highest number, for Los Angeles, is 102 deaths.

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