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Dangerous Sidewalks Plague New York City in the Winter

New York City did not get a reprieve from the record-breaking cold that gripped NYC in late December and early January and in fact went from the below freezing cold to a blizzard-like snow storm. Unfortunately, we are still in the midst of the prime time for icy sidewalk accidents in New York City. With every new snow fall and near zero temperatures mixing with sudden thaws, conditions are ripe for slip and fall accidents.

Don't Let Slippery Floors Send Your Life into a Tailspin

Slippery floors are one of the leading causes of slip and fall accidents in retail locations in New York City. These types of accidents send hundreds of New Yorkers to city hospitals every year suffering from sprains, broken bones and worse. Most of these types of accidents happen in markets where debris like bits of packing material, produce, and spilled liquids are a common hazard. However, the danger is real in any public location from the coffee shop on the corner to the major supermarket or department store.

Construction Worker Dies in Fall at Manhattan Jobsite

A deadly construction accident in New York City claimed the life of a 30-year old worker at a jobsite at 152 East 87th Street late last month. The tragic fall from heights in Manhattan happened around 9:30 on the morning of December 23rd-just two days before Christmas. Reports show that the victim, Mahamoudon Marega (a resident of The Bronx), died after falling into the basement of the building.

Floor Mats - The Danger Hidden Under Your Feet!

Floor mats. Especially, after or during a storm, you find them everywhere. Right after you walk into your local grocery, apartment building, department store, office building and supermarket, they're there to sop up the rain and snow melt. But when floor mats are not properly maintained or put down properly and the edges turn up or they gather somewhere in the middle because they are not laid flat against the floor, they become tripping hazards and can cause serious slip and fall accidents in New York City. OSHA even classifies tripping over a curled, cracked, or torn floor mat as one of the most common causes of injury in the workplace.

Rapid Temperature Changes Create Falling Ice and Snow

The cold weather across the country this winter season has already created dangerous conditions for those of us living in urban areas-especially NYC with its high-rise apartment and office buildings. When several days of cold, snowy weather are followed by abrupt warm-ups and even further subzero temperatures, it creates the perfect conditions for falling ice and snow in New York City streets and sidewalks.

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.

Sidewalk Slip and Fall Accidents in New York

Slip and fall accidents on New York City sidewalks can cause devastating injuries which result in thousands of dollars in medical expenses and lost wages. There are over 12,000 miles of sidewalk in New York City. And these stretches of pavement take a beating. The harsh East Coast winters, foot traffic, tree roots, and runoff can all create cracks, uneven surfaces, and other trip hazards-a grade difference as small as one-half an inch is enough to cause an accident.

Slippery Bridges Make Walking and Biking Treacherous in New York

With all the attention slip and fall accidents on New York City sidewalks get in the wintertime, it's often easy to overlook the dangers on pedestrian and bike paths across the numerous bridges throughout the Five Boroughs. In the winter months, snow and ice can make the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg, and Queensboro Bridges extremely hazardous.

Snowy Sidewalks, Bike Paths, and Walkways on City Property are an Accident Risk

While building owners have a responsibility to clear away snow, ice, and other debris from sidewalks adjacent to their properties to prevent accidents, the Parks Department has a responsibility to prevent snow related sidewalk accidents in New York City's public parks. That obligation to clear away snow and ice extends to the pathways and bike paths on Parks Department property as well. However, a number of New Yorkers have complained to the popular street-safety blog, Streets Blog, that the Parks Department is failing to maintain safe conditions in the face of an onslaught of winter storms in the Big Apple.

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