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Crane Collapse Damages Jacob Riis Apartment Building in East Village

Residents of the Jacob Riis housing complex narrowly escaped a frightening scene after a crane partially collapsed, sending part of the crane and heavy metal beams into the exterior of an apartment building, knocking air conditioners out of windows and shattering glass on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Luckily, no injuries have been reported, although the accident did briefly shut down FDR Drive and force residents to evacuate one of the New York City Housing Authority-managed buildings in the East Village. 

Preventing Construction Falls with the National Safety Stand-Down

Falls are the number one killer of construction workers. Although this is well-understood in the industry, the number of fatal construction site falls is trending upwards, and the number of fatal work falls for all American workers reached an all-time high in 2017. The 6th annual National Safety Stand-Down aims to change that.

Safety Violations Ignored Prior to Collapse Which Killed Luis Almonte

On September 12, 2018, Luis Sanchez Almonte was tragically killed in a wall collapse while working in a trench at Sunset Park, Brooklyn. That tragedy was compounded, however, amid reports that the proposed fine for Almonte's death is a mere $63,647, even though the subcontractor on the site willfully ignored a cave-in warning issued shortly before the collapse occurred, and had a long history of unethical behavior including a bribery charge in 2015. 

Hispanic & Non-Union Construction Worker Fatality Rates Are Rising

Construction workers built New York into the great city and state that it has become. But it is apparent that non-union and Hispanic construction workers are continuously exposed to unspeakable job-related perils, according to the latest damning Deadly Skyline report by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH). 

Two Charged with Safety Violations after Harlem Crane Accident

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has levied charges of felony assault and reckless endangerment against two construction company managers for the East Harlem crane accident which left two construction workers with life-altering brain and spinal injuries and occurred on June 25th, 2018.

Construction Worker Luis Almonte Killed in Wall Collapse at Sunset Park

Tragedy struck Wednesday, September 12th when a retaining wall above a trench at a construction site collapsed, leaving one worker trapped under the debris. Despite extensive rescue efforts, the search had to be postponed due to rain before they were able to locate the worker, and the FDNY is now characterizing the operation as a recovery, rather than a rescue.

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