Be it a factory, construction site, or in an office, there are inherent dangers present in every workplace and the possibility of an employee getting seriously injured at work here in New York City is very real.
Nearly three New Yorkers die every week on the city's streets from automobile/pedestrian collisions. Those figures come from data collected from across the Tri-State area which shows just over 450 pedestrians were killed after being struck by automobiles on New York City streets over the last three years. Though the overall number of auto accidents is down from past years it's still far too high. DOT officials and individuals municipalities across the region have stepped up their game in order to make walking on New York's streets safer for everyone, but more work remains.
America has come a long way since Martin Luther King's day- but not far enough, it seems.
The construction accident in Queens that claimed the life of a 42-year old construction worker late last month may have been avoidable. Investigators have discovered that the building contractor in charge of the jobsite had been fined by OSHA before for multiple violations including fall safety hazards.
The teenage victim and several eye witnesses are saying that officers of the New York City Police Department acted with excessive force when subduing the 19-year old outside a youth center in Queens last month. On January 8th, Robert Jackson was arrested outside the Flushing YMCA. He was confronted by police several officers after he allegedly became vocal and "spewed profanities" at the patrolmen.
Obama has not even finished campaigning when Hurricane Sandy struck New York and the surrounding area, with devastating consequences. This added to the traditional winter snowfall, ice and blustery winds. Only very recently a giant blizzard (Nemo) hit the northeastern states, adding as much as three feet of snow in some parts of the northeast. With flights postpones, over 11 inches of snow in Central Park, and the National Guard deployed to bring support to areas totally snowed in and to keep the highways moving, an all out effort was needed to keep New York moving.
On December 31, 2012 at 4:30 a.m. a car left an icy roadway and crashed into Jamaica Bay in Queens, NY. Pregnant 25-year old Dominique Jamison, a passenger in the car driven by Denise Finley, 32, was killed in the accident. Ms. Finley admitted drinking vodka and cranberry juice before she got behind the wheel of the vehicle. She was arrested for DUI and driving without a license.