The construction boom in New York City has brought with it numerous worker accidents that result in injury and death. Fortunately, no one was killed at a Midtown building near Grand Central on Madison Avenue when a wall fell on them during demolition of a building. Two workers were injured and were transported to Bellevue Hospital.
The Daily News editorial board has recently taken on the Right of Way Law, enacted about a year ago, that was intended to reduce injuries and deaths among pedestrians and bike riders. The idea was to require law enforcement to investigate such accidents and issue misdemeanor charges when required. Crashes that involved driving into a person who had the right of way were no longer to be classified as "accidents" and cleared quickly to keep traffic moving.
It's summertime in New York City. Although it is one of the biggest cities in the world, New York also has plenty of opportunities to get out on the water. Whether swimming in the Rockaways, splashing in a pool or boating on the rivers, there are numerous ways to get cool and enjoy summer in the city.
There were two crane accidents within 30 minutes of each other last month at the New Jersey container shipping port. News coverage was spotty, at least in part because there were no fatalities or serious injuries. The workers in New jersey were lucky. Many crane accidents result in serious or fatal injuries.
Patterns emerge when studying car crashes in New York State. The causes of car crashes vary by roadway, time of day, day of week and time of year. Common causes of car accidents in the Hudson Valley north of New York City include:
- Following too closely
- Cutting across lanes to exit
- Being distracted by cell phones or other devices
One of the most dangerous roads in the state is in Putnam County. I-684 is listed by the state Department of Transportation as among the most accident-prone in New York.
You know that using your cell phone while driving is dangerous. It forces you to take your eyes off the road for at least a split-second. Even this tiny distraction can be very dangerous in the fast-moving traffic of New York City.
The tallest crane to ever grace the crowded, gritty streets of Manhattan has arrived to put the finishing touches on a posh building located in midtown. Work has been ongoing at the construction of an exclusive residential building and now the city's tallest free-standing crane ever is on the scene to assist in constructing this complex architectural masterpiece.
Generally speaking, the answer to this question is, "Yes." There are many advantages to settling a personal injury case rather than going to trial. In fact, around 95 percent of all personal injury cases are resolved before going to court. Why do so many cases settle?
We have all read the headlines of frightening construction accidents that have gripped New York City but now The Building Trades Employers' Association, a group that represents a large number of contractor associations, union management and general contractors, has proposed a safety program to the City Council that they claim will reduce serious construction accidents going forward. The proposal, amplified in the attached Crain's magazine editorial, comes on the heels of Mayor Bill de Blasio adding more than 200 new building inspectors to the city's employee rolls. The proposal, offered by Lou Coletti, the president of the Building Employers Association, suggests the following:
- Drug and alcohol testing on jobsites.
- 10 Hour OSHA training requirement
- Cocoon protections on jobs over 10 stories
- Increased crane operator accountability
The ambitious proposal recognizes that the construction business is booming in New York City. Coletti cites the massive increase in cranes hovering over the city's skyline as evidence. Indeed, there has been a 30 percent increase in building permits issued or renewed in the last 5 years. Despite that increase, according to Coletti, there was a reduction by 20 percent in the Department of Buildings staff.
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A recent bus accident that occurred in the Bronx has sparked a public debate about a new law that holds bus drivers criminally accountable for failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. The accident that gave rise to the debate involves an MTA bus that struck a 64-year-old pedestrian who was walking in a crosswalk in the Bronx. The bus operator, Theresa Gallagher, was arrested and charged with violating the newly enacted Right of Way Law. The criminal charge, a misdemeanor, could land Gallagher in the clink for as many as 30 days. Transit Workers Union officials have been very vocal in their opposition to this new law. Their fear is that drivers who make genuine mistakes that lead to accidents will be labeled as criminals. They have employed some outsized rhetoric to illustrate their point, often resorting to hyperbole. The hyperbole tends to detract from their message. Gallagher was the first bus driver charged under the new law. Since then, several other drivers have been charged with violating the Right of Way Law.
Are bus drivers getting a fair shake?