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Writer Urges Safety Overhaul of New York City Construction Industry

No matter where you go in New York City, construction is a fact of life. Most of us learn to deal with occasional inconveniences like delays and noise. Only when a major tragedy makes the news do we pay attention to the dangers construction workers experience. Unfortunately, even well-intentioned efforts to reduce injuries and deaths […]

Three NYC Construction Workers Killed in Less Than a Week

In just one week in April, three New York City construction workers were killed on the job.  Each tragic death had a different specific cause, but the quick succession of fatal incidents has prompted concern from the Buildings Department about whether safety rules are being followed. Though public awareness of the dangers facing construction workers […]

New York City Occupational Deaths Increase Sharply

Federal records for the 2017 calendar year showed a significant increase in on-the-job deaths among New York City workers. No specific explanation has been given to explain why the number jumped to 87 occupational fatalities from the all-time low of 56 in 2016. However, city officials are attempting to use better tracking and are considering […]

Number of New York City Construction Injuries Rising Quickly

More New York City construction workers were injured in 2018 than in each of the two previous years. Based on data collected by the Department of Buildings (DOB), 2018 was the most dangerous year for city construction workers in nearly a decade, with 761 injuries and 12 deaths reported. Several factors, including an increase in […]

Epileptic Driver Faces Homicide Charges in 2015 Halloween Crash

Generally speaking, a person with epilepsy cannot be found guilty or held civilly liable for injuries that occur while in the throes of a seizure. However, Howard Unger, 53, has been charged with three counts of second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for the deaths of three people killed on Halloween 2015, when Mr. Unger […]

Fatal Accident Shows NYC Crossings Still Dangerous for Elderly Pedestrians

At about 6:30 p.m. on October 16, an SUV struck and killed a 79-year-old man who was crossing the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Prince Street in Flushing, Queens. According to the New York Daily News, the driver remained at the scene and likely won’t face charges because police believe the pedestrian was crossing against […]

Rally with mock funeral procession calls for better safety at NYC’s construction sites

Mike Barasch applauded the construction union members’ demonstration outside his office, by City Hall. The 18 construction deaths in NYC last year should serve as a cruel reminder how dangerous a job these men and women have. “Construction safety must be a paramount concern whenever buildings are erected. We are all happy to see cranes […]

SUV Hits and Kills Pedestrian in New York City

An SUV reportedly crashed into another vehicle and then plowed into a pedestrian after being thrust onto the curb. The recent accident occurred in Hell’s Kitchen where a southbound GMC Envoy collided with a similarly southbound Freightliner truck. The accident caused the SUV to jump the curb, striking a 56-year-old man from the Bronx. Emergency […]

“Pill Mill” doctor not liable for killing committed by Patient

A drug addict shot and killed four people during a robbery to procure drugs at a pharmacy  in Suffolk County, New York.  In the ensuing law suits for wrongful death, the families of the victims claimed that a physician who had prescribed narcotics to the killer, was partly responsible for the deaths.  The families claimed […]

New York Father and Daughter Charged in Fatal Car Accident

A 15-year-old girl from Scarsdale, New York and her father have been charged in a car crash that led to three deaths. According to authorities, the underage daughter of Michael Ware was behind the wheel of a car despite not having her driver’s license, then got into an accident that led to the deaths of […]

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