December 2016 Archives

Construction Accident in Brooklyn Leaves Man Dead

An early morning construction accident in Williamsburg Brooklyn left a 59-year old veteran construction worker dead. On the morning of December 9th the victim was reported glazing windows on the exterior of the building undergoing massive renovations at the site of the old Domino Sugar Factory when he fell. Witnesses to the fatal fall from heights accident said that the man was on the sixth-story scaffolding erected on the building's exterior and fell four stories, landing on the second-story scaffolding.

The Winter Season in NYC Means Slippery Floors Everywhere You Go

Out shopping or celebrating this holiday season? Watch your step! Snow, ice, and rain water inside create the perfect conditions for slip and fall accidents. Wet floors in stores, coffee shops, apartment buildings, parking lots (indoor and outdoor) and office complexes cause hundreds of serious slippery floor accidents in New York City every year. All it takes is a small patch of water or half-melted snow, or a patch of ice underfoot and you fall hard.

Winter Sidewalks Pose Slip and Fall Risk

Are you ready for another season of ice and snow covered sidewalk accidents in New York City? After a relatively mild, fall winter has finally gripped NYC again with snow and frigid temperatures. It's just a matter of time before sidewalks and roadways become hazardous and dangerous to innocent motorists and pedestrians. Ice, snow, sleet, and even leftover leaves and other debris can become extremely slippery in subzero temperatures, making sidewalks, stairways, and even handicap accessible ramps a potential threat to anyone.

False Arrest Case in New York City Results in $600,000 Payout

A landmark case of false arrest in New York City has recently resulted in a massive $600,000 verdict in favor of the victim, Jateik Reed. Reed, who was 19 at the time of his arrest in 2012, was stopped by several NYPD officers after they allegedly saw "bags of marijuana" in his hands. They confronted Reed which led to a physical altercation during which officers repeatedly struck and kicked the victim and pepper sprayed a friend who was recording the incident on a cell phone.

Safety Advocates Alarmed by Number of Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents in New York City

New York City has a population of over 8 million people. It is therefore not surprising that the true number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents in New York City has been pretty much kept a secret. Few of these tragic accidents make headlines (only if it involves someone famous) and most remain unreported to the general public. That's why safety advocates were shocked to learn that NYC's official traffic accident data shows over 10,000 pedestrians and 4,200 bicyclists were injured in crashes last year.

Dog Attack in New York Leaves Woman Hospitalized

Late last month a woman was hospitalized after a vicious dog attack in New York. The victim, 33-year-old Maria Shaffer was attacked by a pit bull at roughly 1 AM on the morning of November 30th. Neighbors were awoken by Maria's husband screaming for help as he tried to pry the animal off her. The large dog was so big and powerful that it pinned Maria to the ground and bit her repeatedly.

Construction Workers Killed in Queens Accident

A tragic construction accident in New York City has claimed the lives of two workers at a jobsite in Queens. The individuals were crushed by a 6,500 pound steel beam that fell as it was being lifted by a crane. The first victim, 47-year old George Smith, was operating the crane. The second man, 43-year old Alessandro Ramos, was working as Smith's signalperson at the time of the accident.

Tragedy Narrowly Avoided in Sidewalk Accident in New York City

Sidewalk sheds are erected all over New York City for the safety of pedestrians. They're designed to protect people from falling debris at jobsites. Unfortunately, many of those sheds outlive their usefulness or are constructed improperly to begin with and pose hazards to public safety. That's a lesson demonstrated by a harrowing sidewalk accident in New York City this past week. A shed erected at 151 Hudson Street collapsed midday on November 30th showering the building's loading dock, the adjacent sidewalk, and part of the street with steel pipes, plywood, and bits of broken lumber.

Apartment Fire in Flushing Injures Three--Including an Infant

An early morning apartment fire in Queens sent three people to the hospital-including an infant and her mother-after a blaze erupted in the first-floor apartment of a Flushing apartment building. The fire broke out sometime around 2 in the morning on November 18th in a multi-resident unit at the Pomonok Houses on Parson's Boulevard near 65th Avenue.

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