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Angel Ezpinoza Killed by Falling Scaffolding in Morningside Heights

Staten Island construction worker Angel Ezpinoza was tragically killed on Thursday afternoon, June 12th when a piece of scaffolding fell and struck him in the head. Ezpinoza, 28, suffered severe head trauma and was rushed to Mount Sinai St. Luke's hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

NICE Bus and SUV Collide in West Hempstead, Causing Multiple Injuries

Multiple people were injured when a Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) bus and an SUV collided in West Hempstead on Monday, July 9th.

The accident occurred on Woodfield Road near Oakford Street, causing the SUV to roll onto its side, trapping the injured occupants inside the vehicle and requiring them to be rescued by emergency personnel. The NICE bus involved in the collision ended up on a nearby lawn, injuring multiple passengers.

Partner David Scher Offers Labor Law Expertise at CLE Lecture

Block O'Toole & Murphy Partner David L. Scher recently presented at a continuing legal education (CLE) lecture on how to properly frame and plead a Labor Law (construction accident) case. The lecture, titled "Construction Accidents from the Trenches: Strategies to Win Your Labor Law Case," was well-attended by about 100 attorneys and will be purchased by hundreds more when it becomes available.

Personal Protective Equipment Best Practices for Employers

For accidents that happen while on the job in dangerous industries such as construction, personal protective equipment is critical for keeping workers safe.

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is safety gear which workers wear to protect exposed parts of their bodies such as their eyes and face, head, feet and hands. This includes common equipment which we would all recognize, such as hardhats, safety goggles, gloves and steel-toed boots.

Pedestrian Safety Initiative: See! Be Seen! - Long Island & Upstate NY

In an ongoing attempt to keep New York pedestrians safe, a new public service announcement called See! Be Seen! will begin airing June 15th until June 28th, courtesy of the New York State Department of Health. 

Hazmat Situation After Auto Accident in Scottsville, New York

Two people were injured in Scottsville, New York when a medical transport van failed to stop at a stop sign and flashing red light, colliding with a tanker truck filled with nearly 2,000 gallons of gas and diesel fuel.

NYC Private Sanitation--Unsafe Working Conditions, High Fatalities

Trash and recycling disposal is the fifth-most dangerous job in America by fatality rate, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But in New York City, residential sanitation is publically-run, while commercial garbage disposal is privately-owned-and the safety records between the two are very different. In 2017, private sanitation trucks killed seven people in New York City, while municipal sanitation trucks haven't caused a fatality since 2014, according to an investigative piece done by ProPublica.

Harry Ramnauth Tragically Crushed by Glass Panel at NYC Work Site

The holiday weekend turned tragic when Harry Ramnauth, a 67-year-old security guard, was killed after a 3,000-pound glass panel tipped over and fell on him.

The accident occurred at the Central Park Tower, a skyscraper construction project which will be 1,550 feet tall when completed, at around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018. According to FDNY Deputy Chief Tom Currao in an interview given to NY Daily News, construction workers quickly extricated Ramnauth and got him into a waiting ambulance.

East Village Construction Worker Injured After 60 Foot Scaffold Fall

A 62-year-old construction worker was seriously injured when he fell about 60 feet to the ground outside a building which was under construction in the East Village.

This accident occurred at around 1 p.m. at 26 First Ave. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital, though an update on his condition has not yet been released.

The six-story building which the man was working on is 65 feet in height. The work being done was to remove cornice from the exterior of the building and install copping stone.

32 Injured After NJ Transit Bus Crash in Lincoln Tunnel

Thirty-two people were injured early Friday morning after a rear-end collision between two NJ Transit buses occurred when they attempted to enter the center tube of the Lincoln Tunnel.

A New Jersey Transit official stated that the accident was caused after one bus, which was carrying 37 people, rear-ended another bus, which was carrying another 25 passengers. Of the thirty-two people harmed as a result of the accident, eight were seriously injured.