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May 2015 Archives

New York Assemblyman Moya in Editorial on Worker Safety: How Much is a Life Worth?

Using the death of Latino construction worker Ricardo Gonzalez to illuminate his point, an elected official, Assemblyman Francisco Moya of Queens, forcefully demonstrated the importance of worker safety laws in New York. Moya pointed out that Mr. Gonzalez fell to his death at a construction site in Queens last year. He used statistics to illustrate the fact that fines provide little deterrence when it comes to safety decisions at a worksite. Gonzalez's employer paid a measly $10,440 for failing to provide a safe work site. That failure resulted in Mr. Gonzalez's death. Moya argues in the op-ed piece linked below that appeared in today's El Diario that fines like this provide little incentive for contractors, property owners and wealthy developers to place worker safety above profit.

Stephen Murphy Talks About Pedestrians Injured at Construction Sites

Partner Stephen Murphy was interviewed by WPIX in New York City in the aftermath of a tragic accident. A two-year-old child was killed by bricks falling off a building on the Upper West Side. When asked whether there has been an increase in this type of accident in recent weeks, Murphy said, "We have [seen it] and that is going to come with the increase construction activity that is taking place, particularly across New York City, there is construction everywhere you look."

Dominick Deluca, Construction Worker, Killed in NYC Scaffold Accident

Dominick Deluca, a construction worker from Dover, New Jersey, fell from scaffolding and plummeted to his death yesterday at a Bronx construction site. Deluca was working in a public housing development located on Webster Avenue in the Bronx. He fell from a 15-foot high scaffold platform, hitting his head on the pavement. The impact to his head rendered him unconscious.

Amtrak Train Accident In Philadelphia Kills 6, Sends Hundreds To Hospital

The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy are following the horrific Amtrak train derailment that occurred last night around 9:30pm in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. The train was traveling from Washington DC to New York City along the northeast corridor, the busiest passenger line in the country. The train was reportedly carrying 238 passengers and 5 crew members when its engine and all 7 cars violently derailed from the tracks.

Elevator Safety and the Department of Buildings

Did you know that the New York City Department of Buildings has a website that provides information about individuals and businesses that violate the city's building codes? One example is the Top 10 list of elevator ordinance violators. The list names both the building address and the owner. As of March 5, 2015, the top elevator offenders were:

Another Trenching Accident, This One Fatal

Worker Killed Following Trench Wall Collapse at Local New Jersey Construction Site

A 43-year-old construction worker was tragically killed on Monday after a trench collapsed during the construction of a home in Franklin Township, New Jersey. The worker was buried alive while working in the trench that was being used for the installation of utilities. Five workers who were present when the walls of the trench gave way tried to save their co-worker, but were not able to rescue the man.

System to Prevent Train Accidents May Come to Metro-North

The governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, announced last week that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) may receive a $1 billion loan from the federal government to help prevent train accidents like the December 2013 derailment that killed four people in the Bronx. Known as a positive train control system (PCT), the technology would monitor the speed and location of every train and slow it down without operator involvement.

Construction Worker Christian Ginesi Dies in Elevator Shaft Fall

Christian Ginesi, a 25-year-old construction worker, died after falling down an elevator shaft at a construction site. He was working on building a midtown Manhattan luxury hotel. The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have the details of yet another New York City construction fatality here.

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents Could Be Reduced Through Ad Campaign

Deadly collisions involving pedestrians remain a primary concern in New York City's 'Vision Zero' efforts. A new television campaign set to begin showing this week hammers home the point. The commercial is a haunting reminder of the consequences of reckless driving and how peoples' lives can be forever changed by a deadly pedestrian accident.

Brooklyn Trench Collapse Buries Construction Worker

Construction Accident Seriously Injures Worker at 1705 Dean Street in Crown Heights

A construction worker was seriously injured while working in Brooklyn. The worker was buried after a trench collapsed on him during construction of a 5 story apartment building at 1705 Dean Street in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Empire D. Construction was the general contractor on the job responsible for safety.

Hiring an Attorney After a Car Accident

"Why should I hire a personal injury lawyer after a car accident? I have insurance." This question has so many answers that it is difficult to know where to begin. But there is one thing that everyone should remember, whether your injuries were serious or whether your car was in a fender-bender: The insurance company is not your friend.