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Worker crushed to death by own van

A construction worker got out of his van in Central Park at around 6:40 AM (he was near East Drive and East 74th Street) to check on a mechancal issue near Loeb’s Boathouse. While he was looking at the issue, his van rolled down an incline hitting him and subsequently crushing and killing him. The […]

Penalties to increase for Construction Violations

Penalties for construction violations are expected to rise by at least 4 times the current amount. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans for an increase in fines for construction sites that have some sort of violation. In the next 90 days, the city will sweep around 1,500 construction sites looking for safety violations. This comes […]

Streets still closed after crane collapse

This past Friday, a crane collapsed in Tribeca, killing 1 man and injuring 3 others. The man who was killed was sitting in his car on his way to work when the large crane collapsed and crushed his car. After the accident this weekend, the Mayor and the city have come up with a plan […]

Construction Accidents Continue to Rise

Four construction workers were left dangling when the scaffolding they were standing on collapsed. The workers were fixing the windows on the top floor of the six story building when a cable broke and the scaffolding gave way. The workers were initially saved by their harnesses until the FDNY arrived. Of the four, only 2 […]

Construction worker falls from plagued building

A construction worker plunged as many as four stories. Despite the seriousness of his injuries, he was not killed. The building has seen its fair share of violations in the past. “The building, 34 W. 17th St., has a history of unsafe conditions. The Department of Buildings in August levied a $1,000 fine on the […]

Street closures due to falling sheet metal

Blocks surrounding the Sheraton New York hotel in Midtown were closed Monday following an incident which involved 2 steel panels that fell onto parked cars. 52nd through 54th Streets along 7th Avenue were closed as a precaution after the 4×8 foot steel panels crashed, possibly from the 46th floor. Fortunately no one was hurt by […]

Could the fire in Dubai happen here in NYC?

On New Year’s Eve, one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, located in Dubai, became engulfed in flames. The exterior of the tower, which is plated in Aluminum-Composite panels (thin sheets of metal over a plastic core), is what actually burned. Apparently these plates are commonly used, and even numerous buildings here in NYC are covered […]

Falling Debris

Around 10pm on Monday night, debris from construction work tumbled 35 stories from a Manhattan high rise on the Upper East Side. The accident seems to stem from the repointing that is being done to the outer walls of the building. More than 12 hours after the incident, the immediate streets around the scene of […]

Increase in Construction accidents

In the past two years, that has been a dramatic increase in construction accidents, due to the construction boom in this city. There have been over 300 injuries sustained in construction accidents in the past year and 10 people have been killed. In the period between July 2014 and July 2015, the percentage of accidents […]

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