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October 2016 Archives

Death of construction worker may create personal injury claim

As New York City basks in the light of a financially healthy construction market, the cries for safety are increasing at an equal pace. The recent death of a 43-year-old construction worker at a Brooklyn hotel site has kept the issue viable for the building trades and construction councils to apply increasing pressure for enforcement of the city's safety standards. The worker was reportedly struck in the head when part of a pile drilling machine flew off.

New NYC Crane Regulations - Was Wind Improperly Blamed?

New York, New York - During a windy morning on February 5, 2016, a crawler crane, stretched nearly 600 feet in the air, fell to the ground in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca, tragically killing 38-year-old David Wichs on his way to work. The crane incident, caught on camera by a construction worker in a nearby building, illustrates the horrifying cost to human life when there are accidents involving massive machinery.

Sorting out liability issues in construction accidents, P.1

In our last post, we looked briefly at a recent construction accident at the site of a Brooklyn hotel project. As we noted, the exact cause of the accident is still being determined, but construction accidents can involve a variety of circumstances which entail potential liability for a variety of parties. This includes not only workers, contractors, and equipment manufacturers, but also possibly the developers and property owners behind the project.

Brooklyn construction death a reminder of risks workers face on the job

Construction work certainly can be dangerous work, and this was highlighted last week in the death of a construction worker at the site of a hotel in construction was killed last week. The worker, according to reports, was hit in the head by a detached machine part while driving piles for the project.

Trucking industry anticipates decision on ELD proposal by end of the year

Trucking safety regulations, like any area of law, do change from time to time, and not all changes are heartily welcomed by the industry. For example, a proposed requirement that all commercial vehicles would be fitted with electronic logging devices has a portion of the trucking industry—particularly smaller trucking companies—concerned.

Safety Advocates Urge City to Release Construction Accident Statistics

Construction accidents have skyrocketed over the last year during a period of unmatched building in New York City. It has led to a standoff between safety advocates, politicians and union officials over whether union construction work is safer than non-union work. The debate has been sparked by fierce competition between union and nonunion companies over getting work at the litany of construction sites around the city. What is happening here? Union officials are understandably upset that they are losing work opportunities to nonunion companies. Compounding matters, union officials are looking at the companies who are taking this work from them and they see ineffective and unsafe work. They see workers getting hurt at an alarming rate, a rate completely inconsistent with the number of workers who are injured at a union construction site. Bottom line: nonunion companies are taking jobs and money away from union companies. Competition is not a bad thing. However, safety advocates and union officials feel the playing field is unfair. They think that the competition would be enhanced by everyone having some additional information. They aren't wrong.

"Super Lawyers" 2016: BOM Proud To Be Honored Once Again

We are proud to have been recognized again by 'Super Lawyers', the prestigious attorney rating service that honors the top lawyers and law firms in each area of practice. This year, 9 of our lawyers - well over half of the firm - were chosen as 'Super Lawyers'. Those selected for the 2016 honor were:

2 Construction Workers In Bronx Rescued From Trench By FDNY

Two construction workers were buried in a 10 foot trench that collapsed on them while they were working in the Bronx. The workers were trapped at Fish Avenue and Hicks Street, in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx. They were rescued by members of the Fire Department during the early evening hours.