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July 2016 Archives

New construction superintendent requirements will help jobsite safety, but do they go far enough?

In our last post, we noted that the current construction boom in New York City has prompted the Department of Buildings to make changes to ensure safer construction sites. This included expanding the duties of construction superintendents, both with respect to the types of projects that require a superintendent and their specific duties.

NYC construction boom presents increased risk of construction accidents

New Yorkers have probably noticed or heard that there is currently a whole lot of new construction going on throughout the city. In fact, the rate of construction has apparently increased by 300 percent in the last seven years. The building boom is a good sign economically speaking--construction companies are keeping busy--but it is also a cause for concern when it comes to construction site accidents.

Scaffold Safety: What Construction Workers Need To Know

The Construction Accident Attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy know that a scaffold accident can devastate a construction worker and his or her family. A serious scaffold accident can result in significant injuries and, sometimes, even death. Scaffold accidents may lead to medical expenses piling up and also preventing the victim from returning to work. So, it goes without saying, preventing scaffold accidents is critical. It will literally save and improve lives.

Ladder Falls: What Every Construction Worker Should Know

As construction accident attorneys, the lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy frequently confront cases involving ladder Falls. Falls are the leading cause of death in construction and ladders make up a significant percentage of those fatal accidents. Ladder Falls are often preventable. Preventing ladder falls can save lives. Below is a brief list of things that all construction workers should know.

Crane crashes down onto Tappan Zee Bridge with only minor injuries to several

Only three people suffered minor injuries in a crane collapse on Tuesday involving the Tappan Zee Bridge. A 256-foot tall crane was reportedly using a vibratory pile-driving hammer to set up piles for the new bridge when the crane crashed down onto the existing bridge, which has been around for 62 years. The project has been going on for three years at this point, and is expected to be finish by 2018.

Pokemon Go craze results in at least one roadway accident in New York

Many of our readers have, by now, heard of the current craze over the game "Pokemon Go." The game, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is a so-called augmented reality mobile game which has users to interact with their environment through virtual characters. The game has drawn a lot of attention because of some of the bizarre mishaps that have occurred with users.

Looking at death benefits entitlement in New York, P.2

When a worker dies on the job, those who stand to lose the most are the workers’ surviving family members. Workers’ compensation death benefits are an important way family can obtain compensation for their loss, despite its limitations. As we noted last time, a surviving spouse and any minor children are entitled under the law to weekly cash benefits equal to two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage in the year preceding the accident.

Looking at death benefits entitlement in New York, P.1

Last time, we began looking at a construction accident that occurred last year in Coney Island. As we noted, the owner of the construction company now faces manslaughter charges for allowing safety violations which contributed to a worker’s death.

New York crash results in pedestrian death and injuries to others

A recent tragedy occurred on a New York street that resulted in injuries to several people and one death. The crash involved a sport utility vehicle, a pedestrian, a bicyclist and several other motorists. Police reported the tragedy on a recent Thursday in Queens.

Scaffold Collapse Study Highlights Safety Concerns

The Construction Accident Lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are often asked to advise clients who were involved in a construction accident involving a scaffold. Today we talk about an accident that occurred far away from the gritty streets of New York City, yet with implications for all workers in the metropolitan area. Why? The case may help all of us to better understand how construction work can be performed in a safer way.

Pursuing justice after motor vehicle accident in New York

Being involved in a New York car accident caused by a negligent driver is emotionally traumatic. When a physical injury is suffered in a motor vehicle accident, the devastation of the situation is intensified. In worst cases, families may suffer the untimely deaths of loved ones because of reckless or distracted drivers.

Tragic accident leads to criminal charges for construction site owner

In a previous post on this blog, we noted that workers' compensation is generally the exclusive remedy available to workers injured on the job, though there are limited circumstances where a worker may be able to sue an employer for civil damages. Such possibilities include situations where the employer is found to have committed an intentional tort against the worker, as well as when the employer failed to obtain workers compensation insurance.