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OSHA And Skanska-Walsh Form Partnership To Eliminate Workplace Hazards

Recently, OSHA signed an agreement with Skanska USA and Walsh Construction (Skanska-Walsh) to protect the health and safety of the 1,600 construction workers hired to work on the redevelopment project of LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building.  Skanska-Walsh is in charge of the $4 billion project. As an additional safety measure, Skanska USA has also signed a contract with the Building … Read the rest

Train Accidents

Train accidents have taken the lives of many, whether by a train derailing or at a railroad crossing. In 2015, there were 11,762 train accidents in the United States. These accidents caused approximately 9,013 injuries and 752 fatalities. The Federal Railroad Administration indicated that 96 percent of injuries and deaths are related to train accidents that occur at railroad crossings … Read the rest

Fire Escape Fall Leads to 29-Million Dollar Settlement

The New York County Supreme Court awarded $29.3 million to a New York University student who fell from a faulty East Village fire escape in 2008. After a four-week long trial to ascertain damages, Anastasia Klupchak succeeded in her claim against the owner and managing agent of 82 Second Avenue. The complaint alleged that the owner and managing agent were … Read the rest

Motorcycle Accidents

As the warm weather is approaching, many people are beginning to dust off their motorcycles. While riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating, it also exposes an individual to a high risk of injury. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured than people in passenger motor vehicles due to the … Read the rest

Are Millennial Drivers Hazardous?

This week the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report revealing that millennial drivers engage in risky behavior at a disturbingly high rate. The report was issued after the foundation surveyed 2,511 millennial drivers from August 25th to September 6th of 2016. The survey compiled not only the driver’s habits but also their reactions to dangerous driving behaviors.

The … Read the rest

Slip and Falls Named One of the Top Contributor to Workplace Fatality

In 1992 the first workplace fatalities census was conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to provide insight into insight into the safety of workplaces in America and reveal professions of people most at risk for fatal workplace injuries. Although the census revealed a steady, downward trend in on-the-job fatalities since the 1990s, the the annual total of … Read the rest

General Contractor Subject to Pay Fine in Avoidable Death of Worker

In April 2015, 22-year-old Carlos Moncayo was killed when a 14-foot deep, unshored trench collapsed. Mr. Moncayo was an undocumented laborer from Ecuador who worked for Sky Materials, which is an excavation subcontractor based in Calverton, Long Island, New York. Alfonso Prestia, the site supervisor plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to serve community service. The foreman … Read the rest

Single-Engine Plane Crashes in New York Residential Neighborhood

On April 10, 2016 a small Piper 28 plane crashed in a residential neighborhood on Long Island, injuring both the pilot and passenger. The plane was heading to Upstate New York from the Bayport Aerodrome, and hit the tops of trees and utility lines, causing the crash to occur.

The plane reportedly contained a single engine which had some sort … Read the rest

Understaffing May Contribute to Nursing Home Neglect

NBC recently reported that a family filed a nursing home neglect lawsuit on behalf of their elderly loved one against Woodcrest Health Center in New Milford, New Jersey and its parent company, Care One. The claimants released graphic photos alleging that the nursing home staff ignored the elder’s calls to use the restroom, so the resident — who suffers from … Read the rest

Construction Groups File a Lawsuit Over New Crane Regulations

On February 5, 2016 a 500-foot crawler crane collapsed during an approaching winter storm. The crane damaged buildings in Tribeca and killed 30-year old David Wichs. Following the incident, the Department of Buildings temporarily banned the use of crawler crane’s around the five boroughs.

Additionally, the Department of Buildings drafted new regulations to make crane operations safer. However, the construction … Read the rest