A fire escape staircase collapse in Brooklyn sent a man plunging four stories to the hard sidewalk below earlier this month. The 23-year old victim was leaning against the railing of the fourth floor structure attached to the Lefferts Boulevard apartment building when the metal gave way, sending him over the edge to the concrete.
An early morning school bus accident in Brooklyn on March 11th ended with 8 people injured--one of whom was sent to the hospital for treatment. The school bus - a mini-bus with an undisclosed number of passengers on board - was crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and had just reached the Tillary Street intersection when it collided with at least one (and possibly two) other vehicles. The crash occurred just before 8 AM when thousands of young children are on their way to schools across New York City.
Late last year a 37-year old man was killed in an elevator accident in Brooklyn. Eran Modan was exiting an elevator in East Williamsburg when the car suddenly dropped, crushing him to death. Now the homeowners association in charge of the apartment building is suing the manufacturers of the elevator, claiming their machinery doesn't meet New York City Department of Buildings safety standards.
A tragic taxi accident in Brooklyn late last month left the driver of a delivery truck dead. The accident occurred at the corner of Nostrand and Flushing Avenues when a green cab and a Daily News delivery vehicle collided. The truck was headed southbound on Nostrand Avenue, making a right turn onto Flushing when the taxi cab entered the intersection and struck the truck at high speed. The truck rolled over from the force of the blow, ejecting the driver.
In addition to nine citations issued by the NYC Building Department, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued federal citations for eleven violations to SP&K Construction, of Brooklyn, NY, where one worker was killed and four injured as a result of a construction accident in Brighton Beach in November, 2011.
A 39-year-old construction worker was injured last week when he fell off a ladder at a Brooklyn jobsite. At the time of the construction accident, the man was working below-ground at the Gowanus Canal flushing tunnel. The NY Times reported that the ladder was wet, causing the worker to slip and tumble backwards into the pit of a hole, ultimately landing on his back.
In June and July, three New York City bicycle accidents have been plastered all over television and newspaper headlines. It has been a rough stretch for the City, which has been busy making efforts to increase the safety of New York City cyclists. No matter the efforts by Mayor Bloomberg's office and bicycle advocacy organizations, a bicyclist's life can still be tragically taken when a motor vehicle driver fails to "see" cyclists and respect bicycle laws.