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Without Safety Training, Deadly Construction Accidents Far More Likely From Category: Construction Site Accidents

Without Safety Training, Deadly Construction Accidents Far More Likely

A recent study of New York construction accidents links more than two-thirds of worker deaths on construction sites to employers that did not participate in state-approved apprenticeship and training programs. The report, which was published by a leading consumer advocacy group called Public Citizen, definitely proves that on-the-job safety training ...

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Canine Car Accident Survivor Showered with Love, and Donations From Category: Vehicle Accident Law

Canine Car Accident Survivor Showered with Love, and Donations

When the lives of a young couple were cut tragically short last month near Colesville, they left an unlikely survivor. Their lovable pooch Sawyer was the only one to survive the horrific crash that claimed the lives of a young professor and her husband. In the wake of the accident, ...

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Construction Workers Not Only Potential Victims of Work Site Accidents From Category: Construction Site Accidents

Construction Workers Not Only Potential Victims of Work Site Accidents

Asphalt Green runs an innovative fitness and activity center on the former grounds of a major industrial operation that churned out much of the asphalt needed by New York in the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. After being decommissioned, the location was transformed into a major hub of activity ...

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Combustible Dust Remains Major Unregulated Work Place Hazard From Category: Construction Site Accidents

Combustible Dust Remains Major Unregulated Work Place Hazard

Combustible dust is an umbrella term that encompasses the finely ground form of many common substances in a wide range of manufacturing processes, from food production to metal and alloy processing. The production processes in all of these industries create dust byproducts that become suspended in the air and can ...

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When Deer and Cars Collide, Damage and Injuries are Likely From Category: Vehicle Accident Law

When Deer and Cars Collide, Damage and Injuries are Likely

When Empire State residents think about deer, many of us not conjure up friendly images of Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer and his fellow sleigh-bearing stags. Instead, the terrifying prospect of colliding with one of these 200 pound mammals pops into our minds, as the odds of crashing into one of these ...

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Negligent NY Employer Responsible for Another Construction Death From Category: Construction Site Accidents

Negligent NY Employer Responsible for Another Construction Death

A car dealership was the scene one of the most recent fatal construction accidents in New York. The accident occurred in the morning hours as workers were involved in removing partitions from a large showroom. During the demolition, a major portion of the structure’s mezzanine level collapsed, trapping ...

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New WTC Project Plagued By Construction Site Injuries From Category: Construction Site Accidents

New WTC Project Plagued By Construction Site Injuries

Over the course of the last decade, hardworking Americans have toiled each day at Ground Zero to build the new World Trade Center facility. A testament to the national will to survive and overcome, the project has become symbolic of the nation’s refusal to succumb to the forces ...

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Proposed Crash Zone Safety Legislation to Strengthen Move-Over Law From Category: Vehicle Accident Law

Proposed Crash Zone Safety Legislation to Strengthen Move-Over Law

In a move that should garner widespread support from both sides of the aisle, New York State Senator Tom Libous has proposed a crash zone safety law designed to decrease the risks for road workers and motorists alike. The legislation extends the requirements of the existing move-over law in New ...

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Recent Construction Death: Freak Accident or Foreseeable Danger? From Category: Construction Site Accidents

Recent Construction Death: Freak Accident or Foreseeable Danger?

While tape measures are rarely, if ever, considered deadly weapons, a 58-year-old worker recently lost his life when he was struck by the everyday tool at a construction site. The accident occurred during a simple sheetrock delivery, when the driver pulled into the site to unload his cargo. Unbeknownst to ...

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Head-On Collision’s Rare Outcome Leaves Victims Unscathed From Category: Vehicle Accident Law

Head-On Collision’s Rare Outcome Leaves Victims Unscathed

A recent early evening car crash in Chenango defied the odds for head-on collisions when all parties involved walked away without injuries. Three vehicles in total were involved in the pile up, with the two vehicles that collided head-on bearing significant structural damage. Remarkably, the victims refused treatment at nearby ...

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Toxic Fumes Claim Lives of Two Construction Workers From Category: Construction Site Accidents

Toxic Fumes Claim Lives of Two Construction Workers

The owner of an Idaho construction company recently faced an unbearably tragedy when two of his employees died in a tragic construction accident. These were not any two employees; one of them was his 19-year-old son and the other was his decades-long best friend. The man lamented the loss of ...

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Start of New Academic Year Means School Bus Accidents From Category: Bus Injury Law

Start of New Academic Year Means School Bus Accidents

On a recent Tuesday morning, the parents of nine New York children received news no parent ever wants to hear: their children had been injured in a school bus accident. The crash occurred when a speeding car rammed into the bus, which had made a routine stop at a traffic ...

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How Safe is Your Site's Scaffolding? From Category: Construction Site Accidents

How Safe is Your Site's Scaffolding?

A ubiquitous sight at most construction sites, scaffolding consists of the temporary metal and wooden structures used to support people and materials when buildings are being constructed or repaired. Also known as staging, scaffolding frequently relies on the adjacent structure for stability or support. Despite the necessity of scaffolding on ...

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Successive Accidents Multiply Injuries and Property Damage From Category: Injury Law

Successive Accidents Multiply Injuries and Property Damage

A Friday morning rush hour accident along Route 17 on Prospect Mountain provides a somber reminder of the dangers posed by a phenomenon called chain reaction accidents. As their name implies, such accidents involve either successive collisions in virtually the same location caused by one initial event or a single accident ...

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Fatal Flat Fixes: Shoulders Pose Dangers to Disabled Vehicles From Category: Vehicle Accident Law

Fatal Flat Fixes: Shoulders Pose Dangers to Disabled Vehicles

While roadside shoulders are designed and built as safe havens for disabled vehicles requiring brief emergency stops, they are frequently the site of serious accidents. This was the case recently on the shoulder of the Van Wyck Expressway just outside of JFK Airport where a motorist pulled over in his ...

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Construction Accident Brings Tragedy to Young Family From Category: Construction Site Accidents

Construction Accident Brings Tragedy to Young Family

An ongoing investigation by local police and federal safety officials after a tragic worksite accident is bringing the mother of four young children very little solace. This widow and her grieving family have been left mourning the loss of a 28-year-old father and husband. The man lost his life at ...

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In Wake of Tractor Trailer Crash, No One Crying Over Spilled Milk From Category: Vehicle Accident Law

In Wake of Tractor Trailer Crash, No One Crying Over Spilled Milk

On a routine trek from a processing plant in Roxbury to New York City, a semi-truck laden with 18,000 pounds of milk failed to adequately reduce speed as it took a curve on Route 23A on a recent Saturday morning. The truck flipped over, spilling some of the milk, but remarkably ...

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Forging a Future After Work Accidents From Category: Construction Site Accidents

Forging a Future After Work Accidents

Like too many other constructions workers across the U.S., Ken Worrall was seriously injured in a work site accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. While the accident occurred 20 years ago, the depression and hopelessness lingered for years afterward. At the advice of one of his nurses, ...

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Young Workers Face Heightened Dangers on NY Worksites From Category: Construction Site Accidents

Young Workers Face Heightened Dangers on NY Worksites

If a recent spate of injuries and workplace fatalities are any indication, youthful exuberance is no match for substandard safety conditions on New York worksites. Indeed, young workers remain at risk for serious accidents in the construction industry. Teen worker loses his life In one recent construction site accident, a 19...

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For NY Construction Industry, 2015 a Deadly Year From Category: Construction Site Accidents

For NY Construction Industry, 2015 a Deadly Year

While construction positions remain an exciting and lucrative career path for many New Yorkers, it seems that working in this industry gets more and more dangerous each year. Among the state’s most recent construction site fatalities was a 30-year-old man who perished after falling four stories at a ...

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NY Safety Advocates Argue: Many Car Crashes Not 'Accidents' From Category: Vehicle Accident Law

NY Safety Advocates Argue: Many Car Crashes Not 'Accidents'

If representatives of the New York-based advocacy group Families for Safe Streets have their way, people will stop reflexively referring to incidents in which vehicles collide with people and objects as “accidents.” Among the chief complaints of Families for Safe Streets are the connotations that the word accident ...

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Who is Responsible for a Passengers' Car Accident Injuries and Deaths? From Category: Vehicle Accident Law

Who is Responsible for a Passengers' Car Accident Injuries and Deaths?

As happens innumerable times throughout the season, a couple of friends headed out to a local watering hole to enjoy a few drinks on a recent summer evening in New York. Unfortunately, their night on the town had a very tragic ending when the driver slammed his Porsche into a ...

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December Marked 25th Anniversary of Famed Yankee’s DUI Death From Category: DWI Victims

December Marked 25th Anniversary of Famed Yankee’s DUI Death

Billy Martin is best remembered in New York for his roles with the Yankees, from his clutch plays as a second baseman in multiple World Series to his star turn as a manager leading the Bronx Bombers to several world championships. While Martin’s fierce management style and flamboyant ...

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Don't Let Too Much Good Cheer Turn Holidays into Tragedy From Category: DWI Victims

Don't Let Too Much Good Cheer Turn Holidays into Tragedy

Only a Grinch could resist the feelings of contentment and uplifting mood that begin with Thanksgiving and wind down with New Year’s Day. For most people, this period of the year means quality time with family and friends, enjoying good meals and holiday parties. Unfortunately, many of us ...

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The Auto Accident Triple Threat: Age, Speed, and Alcohol From Category: Vehicle Accident Law

The Auto Accident Triple Threat: Age, Speed, and Alcohol

To paraphrase famed Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, “youth is wasted on the young”. Their own opportunities in life, however, are not the only casualties when young people drive drunk. Unfortunately, each year we see more and more intoxicated young drivers play out dangerous and deadly scenarios behind ...

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High Profile Collision Highlights Highway Hazards and Injury Issues From Category: Vehicle Accident Law

High Profile Collision Highlights Highway Hazards and Injury Issues

Hilarity did not ensue, when the crew of comedians including television actor Tracy Morgan piled into a luxury van to return to New York from a rousing performance in Delaware. Mired in slow moving traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike, a Walmart tractor-trailer barreled into their vehicle. After the van ...

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Construction Accident Victims Deserve Caring Advocates From Category: Injury Law

Construction Accident Victims Deserve Caring Advocates

Three New York men paid a heavy price last year when a construction site retaining wall collapsed on them. Two of the workers were seriously injured, while the elder of the three died as a result of these events.  At the time of the accident, the workers were constructing ...

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Construction Deaths Point to Persistent Worksite Safety Issues From Category: Injury Law

Construction Deaths Point to Persistent Worksite Safety Issues

While many survive construction site accidents, the reality is that a percentage of injured construction workers lose their lives on the job every year. When this occurs, families are often left without a parent and primary breadwinner. For such families, the consequences of a serious construction site accident can be ...

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