For the better part of a decade the number of fatal construction accidents in New York City has been on the decline. While there are a number of factors that have played a role in this decline, many safety advocates like to point to stricter laws and regulations, increased inspections, and tougher sanctions for violators. However, in spite of all the additional oversight that construction sites are subjected to the number of fatal constructions accidents in New York City over the past 18 months has increased dramatically, hitting a 7-year high.
A weekend party turned deadly when a drowning accident in Long Island claimed the life of a 55-year old woman. Rujkumari Motwani had attended a late night party at a home in Long Island. When the residents of the house were cleaning up after the fact the next morning, they discovered her body at the bottom of the backyard pool. They immediately called 911 but when rescue crews declared the woman dead at the scene.
A tragic drowning accident in Long Island has claimed the life of a toddler. 4-year old Justin McConville was at a family friend's house with his mother when he accidentally drown in the family pool. His mother had been invited to the home by a family friend for a backyard barbecue and took her eyes off the boy for what seemed like just an instant. Moments later the family friend found the boy at the bottom of their above ground pool.
Late last month a Dominican woman became the victim of a bizarre staircase accident in Manhattan when she slipped and fell to her death. She was visiting friends in an apartment building in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood when she, somehow, fell down a flight of stairs and then tumbled through a window. She fell five stories to the pavement below and was declared dead by rescue crews when they arrived on scene.
Last year, a gas leak contributed to the horrific deaths of eight individuals in a pair of New York City apartment buildings. The explosion and resulting apartment fire in Harlem left people's lives shattered. Now, the results of a months-long federal investigation show that the explosion never would have happened had two gas delivery pipes been properly attached to each other and if New York City had properly repaired a known underground utility failure.
A traumatic bus accident in New York has put an elderly lady in the hospital with critical, life-threatening injuries. The woman was crossing the street near the intersection of Fulton and Pearl streets around 6 p.m. when she was struck by an MTA bus. The woman was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where doctors are struggling to save her life. One eyewitness said the woman was crushed by the bus and was rushed away covered in blood.
There are thousands of sidewalk grates across the City. Some simply lead into the basements and sub-basements of buildings. Others, however, lead directly into the city's infrastructure and open onto voids dropping 20, 50, even 90 feet below street level into subway and utility tunnels. Every year a number of individuals are injured by sidewalk grate accidents in New York City.
A heartbreaking accident in the Upper West Side which claimed the life of a cherished toddler last month appears to be the result of at least one building code violation in New York. Greta Greene, a vibrant two-year old, was struck by falling bricks in Manhattan while sitting on a bench with her grandmother.
A shocking taxi accident in New York late last month sent one young woman to the hospital with life threatening injuries and the driver of the vehicle to jail. This is the latest example of a reckless taxi driver failing to give pedestrians the proper consideration while driving on New York City streets.
After several years of remaining relatively steady, the number of fatal construction accidents in New York City climbed for the first nine months of last year. The unexpected jump has some experts within the industry to question whether or not the current construction boom in the Big Apple isn't leading to sloppy oversight and lax OSHA inspections.