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March 2015 Archives

Shulem Benyosef, 44, Dies in Brooklyn Ladder Fall

A 44 year old Brooklyn man recently died in a fatal ladder accident. The deceased worker, Shulem Benyosef, was on a 30-foot extension ladder working on the roof at 449 20th Street in Brooklyn when he fell off the ladder. He slipped while working more than three stories above the ground. Reportedly, after falling 30 feet, his head slammed into the unforgiving concrete. Benyosef was doing construction work at the location.

Did Building Code Violations Cause the NYC Gas Explosion?

The massive explosion in Manhattan's East Village last week left at least 50 people injured and two unaccounted for, according to news reports. In addition to its serious impact on the lives of the injured, the explosion also illustrates the complexity of the aging infrastructure of New York City and the challenge of identifying building code violations. .

Strange Type of Pedestrian Accident: Exploding Manhole Covers

One hazard of living or working in New York City is exploding manhole covers. It may sound outlandish, but it happens quite frequently. One such explosion occurred last month in Brooklyn, when a pedestrian was walking his dog in the Prospect Park neighborhood on a frosty morning. The man was rendered unconscious when the heavy metal manhole cover hit him as it fell after being lifted off the manhole by the force of the explosion.

Investigation Continues At Construction Site That Killed Manhattan's Tina Nguyen

The investigation into a tragedy at a Manhattan construction site continues. Earlier this week, we shared the grisly news that 37-year-old Tina Nguyen, an aspiring real estate broker and Manhattan resident, was killed while walking on W. 12th St. in Greenwich Village. Nguyen was on her cell phone when a 4 x 8' piece of plywood struck her, slamming her into a concrete wall. She died later that evening at Bellevue Hospital. The tragedy has gripped the city. Residents and commuters alike have since been wary walking the crowded streets of Manhattan because of the unexpected and sudden nature of this horrible accident.

More Construction Accidents in 2014

The most recent construction accident statistics from the New York City Department of Buildings have been released for September 2014. As of the end of that month, 2014 construction accidents in NYC were on track to significantly exceed the number from the previous year.

Tina Nguyen Killed By Falling Debris

Pedestrian Tina Nguyen was walking through the bucolic tree-lined streets of Greenwich Village this week, talking on her cell phone when tragedy struck. Nguyen, a 37 year old real estate agent, was killed in a freak accident when massive winds caused a large piece of 4 foot by 8 foot plywood at a nearby construction state to fly away and slam into her.

OSHA Issues Citations for Workplace Safety Violations

Employers have an obligation to provide safe workplaces. This includes making sure that in the event of a fire or other emergency, workers have a clear path to an exit that allows them to evacuate a building quickly and safely.

Window Washer Plunges to his Death in Tribeca

A window washer who was working 5 stories above the street in the Tribeca section of Manhattan was killed today. He plunged to his death while attempting to wash the windows of an upscale apartment building. The worker was not wearing a fall protection device at the time he fell.