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Construction accidents in New York: Getting better or worse?

New York is the city where construction work never seems to cease. Innovations, new businesses, growing suburbs and neighborhoods all call for construction workers by the numbers.

Where there are construction sites, construction accidents are bound to occur. The question becomes one of how well New York City prevents construction accidents and protects its workers.

Elderly man dies after being struck crossing the street

Friday in Brooklyn, a 73-year-old man was hit while crossing an intersection -- not once, but twice. As the elderly man was crossing the street, a gray Dodge Dakota heading east on 65th Street struck him. The man was propelled into the westbound land where he was then struck by a Chevy Astro van.

According to officials, the 73-year-old suffered severe trauma to his body and was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident took place around 5:50 a.m. The senior citizen apparently lived less than a block from where the accident took place. According to a neighbor, the man was probably on his way to work. She also stated that he was a "very family-oriented," good guy.

Construction site building collapses in Brooklyn

A 100-year-old building in Brooklyn on the 400 block of Rutland Road partially collapsed, trapping a man in the rubble. The building was in the process of being deconstructed.

The man was allegedly rummaging for building materials on the first floor of the building. The floor collapsed under him, dropping him into the basement. While remaining conscious, he was buried up to his waist in the debris and trapped under beam for about an hour and a half before being rescued. According to paramedics, he is in critical condition but stable, and his injuries are nonlife-threatening.

How safe is the scaffolding in our city?

Any New Yorker knows well the feeling of walking beneath scaffolding on the streets. Still, many will be amazed to learn that on any given day, there is almost 300 miles of it criss-crossing New York City.

But is it safe? A local media outlet attempted to find that out.

Have you been injured on someone else's property?

It happens every day. Someone is attacked by a neighborhood dog on the loose. Someone slips and falls in a grocery store. Maybe a person is attacked in a dark parking lot.

These type of incidents and many others like them can result in serious injuries. For instance, a simple slip-and-fall accident can produce a life-long back, neck or limb injury or even cause severe brain damage.

Oil truck and stolen car crash resulting in 5 fatalities

Big rigs can be dangerous on the highway, especially when carrying oil. But it is even more dangerous when there are police chasing a stolen car on the same highway. Unfortunately, this past Wednesday, Long Island residents had to deal with this brutal scenario.

Around 11 a.m., a stolen Camaro and two police cars in pursuit were traveling east on State Route 25. The driver of the Camaro lost control and crashed the stolen vehicle into an oil truck heading west. It then struck an eastbound Mazda, which in turn struck an Infiniti, as reported by the police chief of Suffolk County.

Missing stop sign blamed for accident injuring infant

A missing stop sign at the corner of 225th Street and 120th Avenue resulted in a serious accident on Jan. 11. A woman from Queens was traveling with her 1-month-old son in an Uber car when they were T-boned by another vehicle.

The infant was seriously injured and is now suffering from traumatic brain injuries, a seizure disorder and a neck injury. The mother is unable to return to work because she must care for her son, who is still being treated by a neurosurgeon and a pediatric neurologist.

Overtime hours massively increase injury odds

You've been working construction for the last five years, and you occasionally get asked to work overtime hours. You usually take it. Who doesn't want to earn time and a half for the same work? Plus, you don't want to be the one person who said no when everyone else agreed.

In the last 12 months, though, overtime has become so common it's nearly standard. You don't remember the last time you put in just 40 hours in a week. You usually work at least 10 hours per day, if not more.

Mondays really are the worst day to go to work

You've never liked having to wake up early on a Monday morning, whether you were in school or the workforce. You consider it the worst day to go to work, and you always feel like you're dragging a bit after the weekend.

Well, studies have found another reason that you're right. Mondays actually are the worst day to work because they're the day you're most likely to suffer a workplace injury.

Deadly fall in Manhattan a reminder of construction risks

One of the many reasons that construction work pays well is that it is a relatively dangerous line of work. There is also much skill and education required for more complex roles in the construction industry, including electrical work, welding and other tasks. Every day, construction workers in New York and around the country risk their safety to help the country grow and provide for themselves and their families.

When construction workers end up severely injured or dead as a result of their career, the injured workers and their families deserve compensation for the losses. Depending on the situation, workers' compensation benefits may help with medical bills, lost wages and even funeral costs. In cases where employer negligence or failures contribute to an injury, a lawsuit against the company may also be a viable option.

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