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Samuel Waisbren Killed by Malfunctioning Elevator in Manhattan

A man named Samuel Charles Waisbren was killed in a tragic elevator accident at the Manhattan Promenade, a residential building located at 344 Third Ave. in Kips Bay, on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Disturbingly, it is being reported that the owners of this building were recently fined for unsafe elevator conditions in the building. 

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). 

Overloaded Knuckleboom Crane Collapses Near Penn Station

An overloaded boom truck crane collapsed after the excess weight it was carrying caused a pin to break, injuring the operator and shutting down 34th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues right outside of Penn Station on the night of Monday, March 18, 2019. 

Construction Worker Has Legs Severed by Falling Object in Long Island

A 39-year-old construction worker in Long Island had his legs severed after a large steel plate knocked him into a 10-foot hole and then landed on top of him at a construction site in Roslyn Heights, Long Island on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

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.

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