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September 2015 Archives

Manhattan Crane Accident Highlights Dangers

Only last week this blog did an overview of cranes and crane accidents. In that piece we commented that when a crane accident does not cause serious injury or death it garners quite a bit of news because usually when the rare crane accident does occur the consequences are severe. We here at Block O'Toole & Murphy are pretty good at reading the tea leaves but we are most definitely not soothsayers.

Bad Weekend for NYC Traffic Crashes

The weekend of September 12-13, 2015, was a deadly one for New Yorkers. Three people lost their lives in traffic accidents. One of them occurred on City Island, another in Brooklyn and the third in the Bronx. In addition, a woman in East Elmhurst was critically injured by a drunk driver while crossing the street.

News About Cranes That Construction Workers Should Know

NYC Workers Should Arm Themselves With Knowledge About Cranes

When this blog and other sources report on crane accidents, the tendency is tocrane-325038_640 (1).jpg lump them all together. Often the reason for that is how serious the consequences or even potential consequences associated with crane accidents tend to be. Not surprisingly, not all cranes and crane accidents are the same. Numerous types of cranes are used for different reasons and the phrase "crane accident" doesn't really describe the variations in accidents related to the type of crane.

The Law Firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy Supports St. Jude's Hospital

st judes z100- interview.jpgOur New York City law firm has supported St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital for many years. Our premiere fund-raising event takes place in about a month, on October 15. In past years, this event has raised over $500,000 to help St. Jude's, a place where children are cured of terrible diseases every day and where cutting edge research occurs.

Bicyclist Alexa Cioffi Killed and Another Seriously Injured in Tragic Boat Accident

It was a normal end-of-the-summer night for a 21-year-old girl and her female friend as they were riding their bicycles on Hylan Boulevard near Redgrave Avenue in Staten Island. Then tragedy paid them both an unexpected visit, changing everything, as a fishing boat that was being towed by a truck in front of them came unhitched, violently smashing into them both. 21 Year-Old Alexa Cioffi was killed and the other bicyclist, her friend, was critically injured.

Construction Worker Fatalities Result in Task Force Formation

An alarming increase in New York City construction worker deaths and injuries this year has resulted in the formation of the Construction Fraud Task Force. This is an interagency effort to investigate and correct unsafe practices in the construction industry in New York. The precipitating event in forming the task force was the death of a worker and subsequent filing of criminal charges against the managers and companies operating a construction site at 9-19 Ninth Avenue.

Economy Not to Blame for Increase in Construction Injuries

There has been a shocking increase in construction worker deaths in New York City in recent months. Not surprisingly, the number of non-fatal worker injuries has also grown in fiscal year2014-2015.

Long Island Not Such a Hotbed of Drunk Driving Accidents After All

A July article in the New York Times warrants a summary. It reported that Suffolk County on Long Island has more drunk driving crashes and fatalities than any other county in New York. Nassau County is in second place. In the case of Suffolk County, this sad fact has been true since 2001.

Drunk Drivers Cause Serious Injury And Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

Injuring or killing another person while driving drunk doesn't happen very often in New York City. When it does, however, the carnage is usually significant. Drunk drivers usually drive much too fast for conditions, don't see pedestrians and other vehicles, and often lose control of their vehicles. The result is almost always serious injury and death.

Paul Hansen Killed in Fatal Sag Harbor DWI Crash

Paul Hansen, 53, a respected, well-liked pillar of the Sag Harbor community, was killed in a deadly crash this weekend. The driver, Hansen's friend, Sean Ludwick, was arrested and arraigned on felony drunk driving charges. The collision and the death of the revered Hansen has shook the core of this summer community.

Traffic Accidents Down in NYC

new york traffic.jpgNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is touting the success of his plan to end traffic fatalities in the city, known as Vision Zero. The mayor's office announced two weeks ago that the number of deaths in motor vehicle accidents of all kinds has gone down significantly. In fiscal year 2014-2015, 249 people died in traffic accidents in the city, compared with 285 in FY 2013-2014.

NYC Improves Crash-Prone Intersection in Brooklyn to Stop Pedestrian Accidents

brooklyn-bridge-768668_640.jpgA previously dangerous intersection in Prospect Heights is receiving some much-needed re-engineering. The three-way crossing at Atlantic, Washington and Underhill avenues saw 16 injuries in 2014, making it one of the worst in Brooklyn. Residents have been lobbying for years to get the city to make improvements.