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NYC sees increase in construction worker accidents, injuries and deaths

New York City is in the midst of a building boom with $15 billion of new construction from January 2018 to May 2018. During that time, the city also saw an increase in construction-related accidents, injuries and fatalities compared to the same time period last year, according to the city’s Department of Buildings. Accidents in New York City during the first seven months of 2018 rose about 18.4 percent from 386 to 457, and injuries jumped about 17 percent from 401 to 469. Construction-related deaths during that same time period increased from four to eight. Among the five boroughs, Manhattan ... Read More

Emirates Flight Quarantined On JFK Runway After Passengers Fall Ill

U.S. health authorities are investigating an outbreak of illness aboard an Emirates flight that sickened some 100 passengers, forcing the plane and its passengers to be put under quarantine for several hours at JFK Airport. According to NBC New York, 106 of the 521 people aboard Emirates Flight 203 from Dubai to New York City reported feeling sick. Symptoms reported by passengers and crew members included headache, fever, sore throat, coughing and vomiting. CBS New York reported Wednesday that government officials believed the illnesses were connected to in-flight meals served on the Emirates flight. Later reports, however, indicate that the ... Read More

Trump has history of praising cancer-causing asbestos

President Donald Trump is making asbestos great again, Chelsea Clinton tweeted last month after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June, under the Trump administration, enacted the Significant New Use Rule allowing the carcinogenic material to be legally used in construction again. The new evaluation of asbestos on a case-by-case basis allows the EPA to circumvent an Obama-era law that required the agency to evaluate hundreds of potentially dangerous chemicals. Asbestos is among the first to be considered, and one of the most dangerous. Asbestos kills 40,000 Americans each year. The World Health Organization reported that “all types of asbestos ... Read More

NYC Steam Pipe Explosion Covers Fifth Ave. In Asbestos

A massive steam pipe explosion in the middle of New York City’s Flatiron District Thursday morning miraculously left just five people with minor injuries, but it’s the asbestos debris released by the blast that city officials are most concerned about. Fifty buildings around the epicenter of the explosion at Fifth Ave. near 21st St. were evacuated out of concern that asbestos dust may have gotten into ventilation systems and conditioners. The 20-inch high-pressure steam pipe is lined with asbestos, city officials confirmed. Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the air in the immediate vicinity of the blast is safe and ... Read More

NJ Transit Bus Crash Seriously Injures 7 Near Holland Tunnel

The New York Police Department is investigating a bus crash between two New Jersey Transit buses near an entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan Friday that injured at least 32 people. According to NBC 4 New York, New Jersey Transit bus 185 from Oradell, New Jersey, slammed into the back of bus 193 out of Wayne, New Jersey at the entrance to the center tube of the tunnel. The Lincoln Tunnel is a tunnel system under the Hudson River connecting Midtown Manhattan and New Jersey. Citing New York City Fire Department officials, NBC News reported that most of the ... Read More

Engine Fire Forces Delta Emergency Landing in ATL

A Delta Air Lines jet bound for London made an emergency landing in Atlanta Wednesday evening with one of its engines on fire. Delta Flight 30 had departed from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for London Heathrow just minutes earlier when it was forced to turn around with heavy smoke billowing from its engine. The Delta plane had been in the air just 20 minutes when the problem occurred. The airplane, an Airbus A330, landed safely in Atlanta with no injuries. Firefighters were awaiting the returning jet and immediately doused the engine fire when it landed. “Airport response vehicles met the ... Read More

NTSB Boots Tesla From Model X Crash Investigation

Federal investigators have taken the rare action of removing Tesla as a party to an ongoing investigation of the fatal March 23 crash of a Tesla Model X in Mountain View, California. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Tesla Inc. violated investigative protocol by releasing information pertaining to the crash probe before it was vetted and approved by the NTSB officials. “Such releases of incomplete information often lead to speculation and incorrect assumptions about the probable cause of a crash, which does a disservice to the investigative process and the traveling public,” the NTSB said in a statement. ... Read More

Hoverboard Craze Sent Nearly 27,000 Kids to ER

Hoverboard injuries sent nearly 27,000 children and teens to emergency rooms in 2015 and 2016 amid a craze that saw millions of the self-balancing scooters flooding into the country, according to a new study. Researchers for the study, published in the April edition of the journal Pediatrics, pulled data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System for both the years. Data included demographic information, body regions injured, and admission status. Of the 26,854 kids treated in emergency rooms in 2015 and 2016, all but three patients suffered injuries related to falls, with wrists being the most commonly injured body part, ... Read More

Trump Tower Fire Kills One, Injures Six Firefighters

A Trump Tower resident died from injuries he suffered when a fire broke out inside his 50th floor apartment Saturday, April 7. According to CNN, the New York Police Department (NYPD) identified the victim as Todd Brassner, 67. Mr. Brassner was taken to the hospital in critical condition but later died from his injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) was able to contain the blaze before it spread to other parts of the building. Six firefighters were allegedly injured beating back the flames and smoke, which poured from the shattered ... Read More

Worker’s Accidental Death Blamed On Illegal Lift

New York City authorities are investigating a worker’s accidental death inside a Brooklyn food market April 2. The accident occurred at the KP Farm Market on Nostrand Ave. in East Flatbush and involved an illegal makeshift lift that was used to move deliveries between the upper and lower levels of the store. Authorities said that a delivery worker was killed when the makeshift lift collapsed on him. According to New York 1 News, preliminary reports from investigators indicate the rigged hoist used a system of chains and pulleys to move the lift between the basement level and the market floor. ... Read More