A construction accident in Brooklyn claimed the life of an iron worker at roughly 1:30 PM on February 24th. Emergency responders were called to Barclays Center in Brooklyn and found 52-year old Peter Zepf unconscious and unresponsive at the scene. He was taken to Brooklyn Hospital but doctors were unable to revive him.
Bus accidents in New York City could now result in jail time for drivers. The Vision Zero Failure to Yield Law allows NYPD officers to arrest MTA bus drivers who city traffic laws. The drivers can even face criminal charges for offenses that were previously deemed too minor to warrant action. MTA officials say this unnecessary pressure makes it difficult for their drivers do their jobs. However, safety advocates saw the law is a step in the right direction, especially because bus accidents in New York City are often fatal.
A construction accident in New York left one worker dead after a short fall down an elevator shaft in an Upper West Side town home earlier this month. 61-year old Frank Dragotta was employed by the home's owner and working on a major renovation at the property (located at 130 West 70th Street). Mr. Dragotta fell through an unguarded opening and down one story to the bottom of the shaft.
The deadly bicycle accident in Queens claimed the life of Hoyt Jacobs on the evening of Saturday January 20th, just two weeks into 2015. The accident involved a privately owned garbage truck and occurred at the corner of Vernon Boulevard and 41st Avenue.
Falls are once again the number one construction accident in New York and result in the highest percentage of fatalities. Falls from heights in New York represent 15% of all fatal jobsite accidents. To put that in perspective that rate is twice that of the next most fatal accident type: contact with equipment.
Accidental discharge or excessive force in New York City? Last year, Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year old man, was fatally shot by NYPD officer Peter Liang. The shooting occurred in the stairwell of the Louis H. Pink Houses in Brooklyn. The NYPD just recently announced that Officer Liang had been indicted - a dramatic U-turn from their original ruling that the shooting was a tragic "accidental discharge." They have suspended Officer Liang without pay and taken his shield and gun for the duration of their investigation.
A tragic sidewalk cellar door accident in Brooklyn claimed the life of a 30-year old homeless man in Bedford Stuyvesant late last month. The unidentified man was walking past an abandoned building located at 1281 Bedford Avenue when a flimsy metal cellar grate covering a gaping 12-foot hole in the sidewalk collapsed beneath him. In the words of one eyewitness, he was just walking along and then simply "disappeared." The man fell approximately 12 feet to the concrete cellar floor below street level. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Recent high-profile cases have put the use of excessive force in New York City on the national stage once again. The unpunished chokehold death of an unarmed black man on Staten Island sparked protests, riots, and a media flurry this past year but chokeholds-and injuries associated with them-are not new. In fact, as the New York Times discovered, the NYPD has a long history of using (and some would say abusing) this controversial tactical response.
A high-profile deadly taxi accident in New York claimed the life of a young golf pro and left his girlfriend in the hospital. The accident that killed 27-year old Wesley Mensing involved the popular service - Uber. Uber is a digital service that allows New Yorkers to call from an app on their smartphones or other mobile devices.
A worker was killed in a freak elevator accident in Manhattan last month. The 30-year old mechanic was pinned between two cars while working in an elevator shaft at the West End Towers at 75 West End Ave. Emergency workers received a call at roughly 11AM and responded quickly but were unable to save the unnamed individual.