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Construction safety bills at center of industry battle

This week, the Housing and Buildings Committee for the New York City Council oversaw 21 bills being introduced that deal with construction safety. These bills pit developers against unions and other builders.

Latino construction workers face increased risk of death

It is tragic to say, but cultural norms that devalue the labor of minorities have profound impacts. For example, in New York City, union construction workers for years have been predominantly Caucasian. Latino construction workers, particularly undocumented workers, are less likely to work on union projects but more likely to suffer a serious injury or death. Often, these accidents were completely preventable and the result of willful violations by employers trying to save a few dollars. According to the most recent statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau Statistics, Latinos had the highesr percentage of fatal work accidents in New York City.

Construction accidents and deaths lead to potential new laws

New York City seems plagued with terrible, fatal construction accidents in recent years. Both 2015 and 2016 saw an average of more than one fatality each month. The rate of accidents has caused concerns among politicians and union representatives. Now, city officials are considering a package of more than twenty new laws aimed at reducing accidents and improving safety for construction workers in New York.

You deserve legal representation after a motorcycle accident

Driving a motorcycle can be an extraordinary thrill. The fresh air all around you and the feeling of freedom are hard to beat. Compared with a passenger vehicle, motorcycles are more efficient and easy to maneuver. It should come as little surprise, then, that many times accidents involving a motorcycle were the fault of the other driver, not the person on the motorcycle.

Did a cellphone distract the other driver in your accident?

Even in the best of circumstances, getting behind the wheel of a car poses risk of personal injury. When you combine that with an exacerbating factor, such as distraction due to texting or social media on a phone, the risk of a serious accident increases. Were you recently in an accident? Do you have reason to believe, either because of what you saw or heard, that the other driver was distracted by his or her cellphone when the accident occurred? If so, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about the details of your accident as soon as possible.

Escalator issues can cause premises liability

When people think of premises liability, they often don't think about escalators. Elevators are often featured in movies and television shows as failing, dropping or freezing with passengers inside. As a result, few people find the idea that elevators can cause serious liability issues for a company surprising.

Pedestrians injured by moving vehicles can incur serious injury

Traffic in New York can be quite dangerous. Because of scarce parking and aggressive driving, many people prefer to walk, bike or take public transportation (or taxis). While these methods of transportation may reduce your risk of a traffic accident, they don't eliminate it. Many times, an accident involves a motor vehicle and a pedestrian.

Falling snow or ice could lead to premises liability

Living in a city with large buildings can be exhilarating and inspiring. It can also be particularly dangerous when temperatures swing widely between warm and cold. During the frigid winter months, snow and ice accumulate on buildings, their window ledges, eaves and awnings. When temperatures rise, that ice can loosen and suddenly break free, crashing down onto pedestrians, vehicles or another building. The damages caused by falling ice and snow can range from moderate property damages to severe personal injury or even death.

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