An Analysis of Crane-Related Deaths at Construction Sites and Recommendations for Their Prevention

The New York City crane collapses of March 15, 2008, and May 30, 2008, and the collapse of a 20-foot crane section in Miami that fell 30 stories, killing two construction workers and injuring five, set off an alarm within the construction community and city dwellers. An in-depth report on U.S.  fatal crane incidents made by The Center for Construction … Read the rest

They’re Marketing Prescription Medications to Our Children in Our Schools

Advocates for children are upset that Alloy Media and Marketing has run ads for prescription drugs from its Channel One website. Channel One provides free news and original programming to about 10,000 middle and high schools. Channel One is, in the opinion of many, a controversial in-school news program that makes viewing ads a compulsory part of the school day … Read the rest

Fire Department Report of Fatal Deutsche Bank Fire Blames NYC Fire and Buildings Departments and the Buildings Contractor

Two firefighters, Robert Beddia, 53, and Joseph Graffagnino, 33, died in the fire that broke out from a discarded cigarette butt in the former Deutsche Bank building fire of August 18th, 2007 during the demolition of the building. After the death of a firefighter, the Fire Department always impanels a site inspections team to study any problems that might … Read the rest

MTA’s Own Study Confirms Decrepit Conditions of NYC’s Subway Stations

A study conducted by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)’s own advocacy organization for transit riders, the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee, found that nearly half of the subway stations examined (23 out of 50) need more attention, and that the worst stations had decrepit conditions, including water damage, exposed wires, rodents, foul odors, clogged track drains and general filth.

The report, … Read the rest

Injury Estimates for the Top 25 Product Groupings in 2007 from the Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) provides the agency and other federal agencies with critically important incident and injury information. More than 34 million consumer product-related injuries were medically treated annually from 2004 through 2006. Of these injuries, it is estimated that more than 13 million sought treatment at U.S. emergency departments.

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Dog Owner Can Be Liable for Injuries Caused by Violation of “Leash Law”

Editor’s Note: The following blog concerns a decision of the Appellate Division, Second Department, Petrone v. Fernandez, 53 A.D.3d 221, 862 N.Y.S.2d 522 (2009), which was reversed by the Court of Appeals. 12 N.Y.3d 546, — N.E.2d —-, 2009 WL 1585848, N.Y. Slip Op. 04694 (2009). In last month’s decision by the in Petrone v. Fernandez, 2008 WL 2669298, a … Read the rest

Do You Think The Food and Beverage Industry Can Self-Regulate Its $1.6 Billion Marketing Towards Children and Adolescents?

A report of the Federal Trade Commission, Marketing Food to Children and Adolescents: A Review of Industry Expenditures, Activities, and Self-Regulation, finds that 44 major food and beverage marketers spent $1.6 billion to promote their products to children under 12 and adolescents ages 12 to 17 in the United States in 2006.

The report finds that food advertising to youth … Read the rest

Add Laser Beams to List of Potential Injury Hazards at Concerts

People go to hear live music for a good time, but it’s not unheard of for disaster in the form of personal injury or death to strike. For example, on February 20 2003, fire erupted at a Great White concert killing 100 and injuring 180. The concert fire started when a spark from the band’s pyrotechnic gerbs display ignited the … Read the rest

What to Do About Suffolk County’s New York Route 347

The tortuous history of New York Route 347 in Suffolk County and its troubles with the traffic impacts of low density strip mall development has again come to the public fore due to some recent motor vehicle accidents.

On July 30, 2008, a Lake Grove woman, Effatolsadat Ghozati, 66, was struck by car and killed while crossing westbound Route … Read the rest

Safer Subways Report Finds Severe Maintenance Flaws In NYCs Subway System

A 14-year-old fell off the platform after the rotted wooden rubbing board at the edge of the platform gave way beneath him, launching him into the path of an incoming train. Fortunately, he pulled himself to safety just in time.

A senior citizen was sitting in her vehicle when a piece of the rail from the elevated subway tracks plunged … Read the rest