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Month: April 2014

Ladder Accidents Continue to Plague Construction Workers

The New York attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have been talking about the frequency of construction falls and how, statistically, they far outnumber the field when it comes to fatal work accidents. Few are aware of how often those falls involve ladders. This...

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Third Fatal Pedestrian Accident Involving Police Car

A 69-year old man was hurt when he was hit by a New York City police car on the Upper West Side. The accident occurred in the early afternoon a few weeks ago, hitting the victim on Broadway between 77th and 78th streets on the northbound side. The police say that the...

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New York’s Scaffold Law Protects Construction Workers

The New York lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy consistently follow the debate over the Scaffold Law, the law that protects the health and safety of the workers that shape our majestic skyline and build our beautiful buildings. We have emphasized that while this...

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Lukasz Stolarski Dies in NYC Construction Accident

A construction worker fell 13 stories to his death last week at a building site at 424 West 33rd Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues in Manhattan. The New York City Department of Buildings has found more than 40 open violations at the site. The 34-year-old man,...

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Construction accident lawsuits plague NYC residential tower

One of the biggest construction projects in New York City history, One57, has become the subject of at least 19 lawsuits. Although it is not known whether this is a record number, one construction litigation attorney said that that number of cases was unusual. One57...

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Metro North Derailment Sleep Apnea Defense Looming

While the tabloids are speculating about whether Rockefeller will face criminal charges, there may be civil implications for the victims here as well. It says here that Metro North will wheel out a rarely used, but occasionally effective, defense to explain away their...

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Customers Suffer Personal Injury in Bronx Store Accident

Unwary customers were buried by piles of shelves and merchandise after overstocked shelves collapsed in a 99 Cent Store located in the Bronx. The avalanche of shelves and merchandise buried eight victims, including several children, at the Morris Avenue discount...

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Demonstrations Shine Light on Construction Safety Concern

The New York attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have long advocated for the rights of hard-working women and men in the construction industry. Often that involved explaining the import of the worker safety laws that are in place in New York State. Frequently it...

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Who is In Charge of Workplace Safety in NYC Schools?

We think of schools as places where children congregate, and the New York City Department of Education works hard to make the learning environment safe and secure. But what of the adults who are charged with teaching, overseeing and supporting educational programs?...

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