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Construction workers' accidents: Man killed by falling steel beam

Buildings all across New York are frequently in need of repairs and renovations. Construction companies are called to provide personnel to handle these renovations. This type of work is often done in hazardous environments, and construction workers' accidents are not uncommon. Recently, a worker at a construction site died after he was struck by a steel beam.

According to reports, a 28-year-old man from Staten Island was at work, renovating an apartment building. Six employees from a construction and renovation company were working on the exterior of a building near Columbia University. Though students from Columbia live in the 13-story apartment building, school officials reported that it was not owned by the university. A spokesperson from Columbia indicated that the man was not an employee of the university.

High stakes at high-speed chases

Witnessing someone resisting arrest can be a terrifying experience. The perpetrator’s actions to elude the police can put several innocent bystanders at risk.

It becomes even more dangerous when that same person obtains a motor vehicle and forces the police to engage in a high-speed chase. The amount of property damage and pedestrians this criminal can cause significantly increases. An example of consequences that stem from these pursuits can be seen in a recent crash report.

Car accidents: 1 dead, 2 injured following Ulster County crash

Many New York residents and others around the nation love sports cars and enjoy driving them at high rates of speed when possible. However, most small-town roads are not designed for high-speed driving. Car accidents are nearly inevitable when a vehicle traveling so fast loses control. A recent crash in Ulster County claimed the life of one driver and injured two others.

Police officers in the town of Lloyd were contacted about a suspicious driver one evening. The police located the sports car in question and attempted to stop the driver. However, the driver fled from the officers, traveling on a highway. Additional law enforcement personnel from the New York State Police joined local officers in the chase.

New York car accidents: Mom killed, boy injured at bus stop

While most people in New York know of the risk they take when they use roadways -- either in a commercial or private vehicle -- most feel relatively safe while standing on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, a recent crash may have some people questioning whether they too may be involved in car accidents while waiting for the bus. A young boy was seriously injured in the accident while his mother was killed.

The incident happened late one evening on a day in June. According to reports, the two victims were standing at a bus stop near their home. Police say that a 21-year-old driver attempted a left turn at an intersection. Though that driver had a green light, police say so did an oncoming vehicle with 61-year-old driver.

Slip-and-fall accidents: Fall in store results in injuries

In New York, business and property owners are required to keep their property and businesses safe for all those who legally visit. Many financial challenges are present for store and business owners today, so repairs or maintenance may sometimes be delayed in an attempt to save money. Unfortunately, this may result in hazardous conditions that could potentially cause injuries to patrons. Slip-and-fall accidents are not only increasing in New York but also across the country.

A woman in another state recently filed a lawsuit after she allegedly fell due to dangerous conditions in a grocery store. The woman claims she was shopping in the canned foods aisle and encountered a reddish-brown substance on the floor. Allegedly, this caused the woman to slip and fall.

Complacency often the cause of construction workers' accidents

Too many fatal falls occur on construction sites in New York. Sadly, the complacency of some supervisors and employees causes many construction workers' accidents. If workers disregard safety regulations for years without suffering injuries, they will continue to do so, and set that example for new workers joining the crew. Before long there will be some potentially life-threatening hazards that will not be addressed because they are no longer considered as dangers.

Three such hazards threaten the lives of roof workers. While they may be issued with safety monitors to warn them if they move dangerously close to the roof's edge, and with guardrails and flags in place, the risks around skylights might be ignored. The plastic, glass or other material from which the skylight is made might not be sturdy enough to hold the weight of a worker who stands, sits or even falls onto it. The same applies to the strength of protective cages. Skylight screens, guardrails or other material to warn workers of the danger must be placed around skylights.

Settlement of $3.5 million awarded to victim of brain injury

New York and many other states around the country must utilize snowplows in the winter months to clear their roads and highways. Certainly, specific training must be given to the drivers of such vehicles to ensure safe operations. Unfortunately, a mistake in the operation of a snowplow led to a catastrophic brain injury and other traumas to a man in another state over two years ago. It was reported recently that this state agreed to settle a lawsuit less than two weeks before the trial was scheduled to begin.

The accident occurred in Feb. 2016 when a man, now 36 years old, was traveling west on a highway when he was struck by an eastbound snowplow. The snowplow driver reportedly did not raise the plow's blade when crossing a nearby bridge. This caused the blade to hit a guard rail, then veer across the center line and strike the man's vehicle.

Keeping your cookouts safe

You may be among the many New Yorkers who grill over the summer. Cookouts on lovely summer weekends or evenings with friends or family can be a great source of fun and fond summer memories.

However, it is important to be aware of the dangers that can go along with grilling. This can allow you to make preparations to keep your summer cookouts as safe as possible.

Victims of car accidents must be compensated for serious injuries

Fatal accidents in New York City are sometimes tainted by an extra measure of horrific violence not seen elsewhere. That is especially true when a driver ignores the speed limit and traverses city streets at a high rate of speed or otherwise drives recklessly. Innocent victims injured in local car accidents are best served by consulting an experienced personal injury attorney who is deeply familiar with the claims and litigation procedures in the city.

A recent accident in Staten Island involved a deadly two-car crash that killed a 41-year-old male driver and sent a 68-year-old man to the hospital. The decedent was operating his vehicle southbound on Hylan Boulevard at an excessive rate of speed as he approached the intersection with Otis Avenue, according to police. The speeding vehicle lost control as it attempted to pass a slower moving car, police say.

Brain injury hazards exist in all work environments

All work environments in New York pose safety hazards, regardless of the industry. Many workers do not realize that a traumatic brain injury can be suffered in a seemingly safe workplace. Authorities say that most traumatic brain injuries are caused by work-related falls, and sadly, many of them are fatal. Common causes include wet spills or leakages, uneven surfaces and debris or random objects that cause trip hazards. Damaged stairways and fire escapes also cause fall accidents that result in head trauma.

Falling objects pose significant head injury hazards. Workers in offices, warehouses, storage areas of retail stores, construction sites and other workplaces can suffer brain injuries caused by falling objects. The presence of mechanical equipment pose risks of dropped loads; for instance, an unbalanced load falling from a forklift or the unexpected opening of a backhoe's clam shells causing a load to drop onto a worker.

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