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September 2013 Archives

Fatalities on the job In NYC

This blog focuses on workplace injuries and fatalities caused by poor equipment, lack of training, negligence and other causes of workplace accidents. However, we don't talk much about worker injuries and deaths caused by violence. However, in 2012, ten people died in shootings that happened on the job in New York City. Another seven were killed by co-workers in non-gun-related homicides.

NYC Stairway Collapse in East Village Injures Young Man

The serious personal injury attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy are following the terrifying stairway collapse that took place in Manhattan's East Village. The serious personal injury attorneys have handled many stairway and building collapse cases and understand the fear instilled in victims as they endured this trying experience.

Unsafe Scaffold Work: A Far Too Common Plight Facing Construction Workers

The construction accident lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have represented many scaffold accident victims. Below, they share their insight about the frequent challenges construction workers that are required to work on scaffolds face.

New York Construction Boom Equals More Union Jobs

There can be no doubt that construction is booming in New York. On Monday, September 23, 2013, Nassau County unanimously approved a $229 Million project to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum and its surrounding property., according to this CBS New York report. This project obviously means a dramatic increase in union construction jobs on Long Island. As Nassau/Suffolk Building Trades Council representative Richard O'Kane noted, "... that's what this is going to do: jobs, jobs and more jobs."

Fall Protection Emphasized at One World Trade Center

Rarely has construction work received international attention but the work at One World Trade in downtown Manhattan has transcended all of our past experiences. Indeed, as the work winds down, there are media reports about "all things" One World Trade. One of the issues being followed is the elaborate 'Fall Protection Systems' being installed atop this iconic and symbolic building.

Article Examines Impact of NYC Bicycling Boom on Safety

The serious personal injury Lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have chronicled New York's bike craze and questioned whether the increase in biking would impact the safety of New Yorkers. The 'Citi Bike' innovation has only increased the number of bike riders in the city and spurred on further speculation: Do more bicycle riders mean more bicycle related accidents? The link below to an article published in the New York Daily News examines this very issue. Not surprisingly, there is no concensus.

Companies Fined By OSHA for Workplace Safety Failures After Death of Temporary Worker

The construction accident attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have frequently written about worker safety and how often disenfranchised workers are placed in peril and treated indifferently by profit minded employers and developers. This story below augments these points - - and then some. Read it, some of it will alarm you.

Worker Dies After Upstate New York Explosion

An explosive fire in an upstate New York wastewater treatment plant has killed one worker and left another with serious burns. The man who died suffered third-degree burns to most of his body, and had been transported to a burn center in Boston. The other worker suffered burns to his arms and face and was released from Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

James McCloskey Is Pronounced Dead After Violent Crash

James McCloskey, a 71-year-old Brooklyn resident, was critically injured yesterday in Brooklyn when a pick-up truck jumped the curb and crashed into a bus stop, smashing through its glass wall and into the victim. The Brooklyn serious injury lawyers are bringing you a sad update on his condition.

James McCloskey Gravely Injured At Bus Stop By a Truck

James McCloskey, a 71-year-old Brooklyn resident, was critically injured when a pick-up truck jumped the curb and crashed into a bus stop, smashing through its glass wall and into the victim Tuesday in Brooklyn. The truck smashed through the bus stop after colliding with a minivan, according to witness reports. The victim, James McCloskey, was rushed to Lutheran Medical Center, and remains in critical condition. Two others were reportedly injured in the crash.

RR Seeks to Prevent Train Accidents at Railroad Crossings with Ad

The experienced lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy want you to watch the new advertisement from the Long Island Railroad that is promoting safety at railroad crossings and reducing train accidents.

Construction Accidents Still Plague Latino Workers

No worker should have to make life or death decisions for a paycheck in the 21st century. Yet Latino construction workers face decisions everyday; decisions that pit their own safety against their ability to earn a living. They make these decisons while doing the hardest, most unhealthy and most dangerous jobs in New York and across the country. One mistake and they pay with their lives or limbs in construction accidents.

Epidemic of Fatal Motorcycle Accdents in NYC

Several people have died recently in fatal New York City motorcycle crashes. The most recent took place when a motorcycle with a driver and a passenger tried to pass and SUV making a U-turn. However, the rider hit the back of the SUV, throwing both driver and passenger off the bike. The incident occurred in Astoria, Queens last Saturday around 4:30 PM, according to police.

To prevent NYC car accidents, TLC steps up taxi enforcement

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) regulates cabs on the streets of the city. One of its responsibilities is to enforce regulations designed to ensure safe operation of taxis. As part of its ongoing effort to ensure passenger safety, the TLC recently seized 1,000 unlicensed cabs. This number surpasses the previous record of 849 cabs seized in January 2013.

New Rules Would Improve Workplace Safety for Workers Exposed to Silica

Encouraged by labor leaders, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed more strict workplace safety rules to limit exposure to crystalline silica. If enacted, rules will prevent nearly 700 deaths every year.

NYC Drivers Better Than You Might Expect, According to Forbes

Many out-of-towners who drive to New York infrequently would probably tell you that NYC has the most reckless and dangerous drivers that cause car accidents at every turn.. However, they would be wrong, according to a recent article in Forbes magazine.

NYC School Bus Accident Mars First Day of School

Today is the first day of school in New York City. Unfortunately, the excitement was marred by a school bus accident, causing injuries to six people. The bus collided with an SUV at 89th Avenue and 91st Street in Woodhaven, Queens. The incident occurred near P.S. 60 on 89th Avenue and 91 Street.

Brooklyn SUV-Pedestrian Accident Causes Serious Injuries

Multiple pedestrians, two of whom were visiting from Israel during the Rosh Hashanah holiday, were injured when an SUV and a sedan slammed into one another in Brooklyn last night. One victim's leg was nearly severed in the crash, according to witness reports. At least three people were rushed from the scene to area hospitals; one remains in critical condition.

Unions Help Prevent Construction Accidents

A recent blog post from the president of Steamfitters Local Union 638 summarizes the dangers of working construction in NYC. In particular, the blog focuses on the year 2012, which was one of the worst in recent years in terms of fatal construction accidents.