The winter season can be beautiful and is full of holidays that remind us of the things that are truly important in life. However, winter weather can be dangerous if you're not prepared. Indeed, the storm system that swept through the country earlier this month has been blamed for at least three deaths and dozens of injuries. And while it may be impossible to completely avoid winter weather, you can minimize your risk for a debilitating seasonal accident in New York City with a little planning and forethought.
One worker was killed and another seriously injured in a construction accident in Manhattan late last month. The two men work on a jobsite located at 1227 Broadway when something went terribly wrong. Accident reports state that the victims were riding a construction elevator up at the site when one of the men was struck by a piece of metal that protruded into the elevator shaft. The individual was crushed and then tumbled out of the elevator. It's unclear how the second victim was injured.
A camping accident in New York left 12 students from Brooklyn injured-at least seven of them seriously after an explosion in a rented bungalow. The students had just arrived at the camp in Orange County when they noticed a strong smell of gas coming from the kitchen area. Before the problem could be identified, there was a massive explosion which injured several of the victims and sparked a blaze that caught local firefighters off guard.
An early morning bus accident in New York near the George Washington Bridges sent two people to the hospital with leg injuries earlier this month. Police reports show that the jitney bus skidded off the Henry Hudson Parkway ramp in Washington Heights and careened down a snow-covered embankment, barely missing several trees, before smashing through a stone retaining wall and finally coming to a rest as the front of the bus smashed into a pair of trees. When rescue crews arrived at the bus accident in Manhattan, they found the vehicle nearly 100 feet from the roadway, suggesting that speed may have been a factor in the accident.
The family of a 14-year old from the Bronx sat anxiously beside their boy's Jacobi Medical Center hospital bed as he recovered from injuries suffered at the hands of the NYPD. Earlier this month, the boy was shoved into a storefront window after officers of the New York Police Department had detained him. The glass shattered and Payne suffered multiple lacerations to his head and body. One piece of glass actually penetrated his chest cavity and pierced one of his lungs. Witnesses say this is just another case of police brutality in New York City.
Last year's deadly train accident in New York may lead to further testing for all conductors. The deadly derailment of the Metro North train was caused by the driver's inattention, according to investigators. The driver reported being in a "daze" and unable to fully comprehend what was going on at the time. Investigators later discovered that the driver, who survived the crash, suffers from sleep apnea, a condition in which the natural sleep cycle is disrupted by the victim's failure to breath regularly. This causes a "sleep debt" which results in drowsiness, inability to stay awake, and even states of semi-unconscious called Microsleeps.
One of the best kept secrets about living in New York is how easy it is to escape the crowds and enjoy the outdoors. The Northeast can be paradise for those who appreciate nature and like to engage in any number of outdoor sporting activities.