Monthly Archives: August 2013

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Bronx judge rules it’s okay to drink in an elevator

A Bronx Criminal Court Judge recently ruled that an elevator is not a “public place” where open containers of alcohol are prohibited under city law. Steven Chavez was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration after an incident in which a police officer tried to issue him a summons for having an open container in a public place. According to the decision by Bronx Read More →

OSHA “Fatal Four” causes of construction accidents

In 2011, there were 4,188 worker deaths in the construction industry. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for nearly three out of five (56%) construction worker deaths in 2011. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that “eliminating the Fatal Four would save 419 workers’ lives in America every Read More →

Sheepshead Bay Man trapped in trench behind Brooklyn home for 20 minutes

The victim fell into the 8-foot by 10-foot trench behind a two-family home on Ave. X and E. 23rd St. in Sheepshead Bay about 1:50 p.m., officials said. Read more: Daily News Man trapped in trench behind Brooklyn home for 20 minutes after getting trapped by debris   

Portugal: Increased spending on safety leads to decrease in constructions accidents.

It may seem strange to write about constructions accidents in Portugal, but it is very relevant to New York considering how the construction industry is lobbying to do away with the scaffolding law, which we wrote about in New York State “scaffold law” reform bad for workers The number of deaths in work accidents in the Portuguese construction industry in the first half of 2013 was Read More →

Manhattan Real Estate Mogul files wrongful death suit after death of son

Manhattan real estate mogul Steven Witkoff and his wife have filed a wrongful death suit against One80, a Los Angeles celebrity rehab center after their 22 year-old son Andrew overdosed on oxycontin whole under their care for drug abuse. The complaint which was obtained by the Hollywood Reporter cited alleged lack of monitoring oversight in allowing Witkoff to leave its facilities unattended, shirk his urine tests Read More →

Family loses medical malpractice suit, gets bill for $340,000

A Denver, Colorado TV news program is reporting that a family who lost a medical malpractice suit regarding their disabled child has been ordered to pay the hospital’s $340,000 in expenses. The fees included attorneys’ fees, the costs include desserts, dinners and room service charges for expert witnesses and defendants. 9News reports During his birth four years ago, Noah lost oxygen while in the womb. Complications Read More →

Parents of construction worker killed in MTA crane accident receive $1 million settlement

The Daily News reports that the parents of a construction worker on the 7 train line extension who was killed in crane accident settled their wrongful death lawsuit for $1 million. Michael Simermeyer was crushed when a huge tractor crane collapsed at the MTA’s Authority’s No. 7 subway extension project in Manhattan back in April of 2012. As part of the settlement, the construction company, Yonkers Contracting does Read More →

Brooklyn DA staffers collar subway smartphone thief

Four employees of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office were all existing an R train at Jay Street when they saw a teen running from the train onto the crowded platform with a smartphone. A woman was yelling, ‘Catch him!’” A straphanger grabbed the phone from the kid’s hand and seemed to let the kid go when Dianne Malone chief of the Animal Abuse Unit grabbed him and Read More →

Widow sues NE Patriots for wrongful death

A woman whose husband died of a heart attack after a confrontation with security guards during a New England Patriots game has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Patriots and the NFL. In her lawsuit, Kimberly Chartier of Chicopee, Mass claims Patriots and the NFL are responsible the death of her 40-year-old husband, Jeffrey. Their then 6-year old son, Tedy, witnessed his father’s death. “Jeff Chartier Read More →

Robocalls say former Congressional aide is Manchurian candidate

The Brooklyn Daily has a story about strange automated calls that Russian speaking Democrats in the 48th Council District have been receiving recently. The calls, termed robocalls, are pre-recorded messages. During the calls a Russian speaking woman accuses city council candidate and former journalist, Ari Kagan of having links to the former Soviet intelligence agency, the KGB. It’s not the first time Kagan has been Read More →