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Deadly Crane Collapse Prompts NYC To Reassess Construction Safety

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan Sunday to improve the safety of crane operations in the city after a crane collapse in Tribeca Friday morning killed a pedestrian and injured several others. Workers with Bay Crane Services, which operates about a quarter of all the cranes in New York City, were in the process of lowering the boom on the 565-foot long structure into the safety position as a precaution against 20 mph winds when the collapse occurred. David Wichs, a 38-year old Harvard graduate and Wall Street worker, was struck and killed by the falling ... Read More

Jury Awards Passenger Injured in 2013 Greyhound Crash $27 Million

An Ohio jury has ordered Greyhound to pay a passenger who was seriously injured in an October 2013 bus crash more than $27 million in damages after finding that the bus company and its driver were negligent in their operation of the vehicle. Mark Soberay, 45, was one of 44 passengers injured when the Greyhound bus crashed in the early morning hours of Oct. 9, 2013, on I-80 in White Deer Township, Penn. The driver, Sabrina Anderson, allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel and slammed into the back of a tractor trailer also traveling in the westbound lane. The impact ... Read More

Hookah Bar Workers At Risk of Secondhand Smoke Exposure, Study Finds

Secondhand smoke from hookah pipes is an under-recognized health hazard to workers, medical researchers say, citing evidence collected from studies conducted in hookah bars, which are growing in popularity and number throughout the U.S. “Hookah use is often exempt from clean indoor air laws that protect people from secondhand smoke. Ours is the first study that links poor hookah bar air quality to damaging effects in workers, and the results recommend closer monitoring of this industry to protect the public,” wrote lead researcher Dr. Terry Gordon of the New York University School of Medicine. Testing markers of active smoking and ... Read More

Quest Diagnostics accused of violating FLSA overtime provisions; multiple class actions pending

According to Law360, Quest Diagnostics, a medical testing company founded in New York City, is now dealing with a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action filed by a former employee in California federal court. The plaintiff claims that Quest regularly shorted hundreds of its hourly workers on their overtime pay by not including automatic incentive payments. Sandy Avila, the plaintiff named in the suit, filed the complaint after spending two years with Quest as a referral assistant and testing assistant in the company’s West Hills, Calif., location. Avila claims to have regularly worked more than 40 hours a week; ... Read More

NYC Man Crushed To Death After Pushing Woman From Defective Elevator  

A 25-year-old Bronx, N.Y., man who was on his way to a New Year’s Eve party on the Lower East Side is being hailed as a hero after pushing a woman from a defective elevator that crushed him to death moments later in front of stunned onlookers. Stephen Hewett Brown, an aspiring musician, pushed Erude Sanchez, 43, from the elevator as it began to drop, saying “Happy New Year.” Ms. Sanchez was exiting the elevator onto the third floor of the 26-story apartment high-rise at 131Broome Street when Mr. Brown apparently noticed her predicament as the elevator started to fall and ... Read More

Lawyers for NYPD whistleblower cop say legal fees support practice of civil rights law

Lawyers who represented a former New York City police officer in a high-profile case of whistleblower retaliation are seeking $4.6 million from the City, alleging “the city fought us tooth and nail on everything,” causing them to work exceedingly hard on the case. According to the New York Daily News, New York City routinely fights paying for attorney’s fees in such settlements, even though it is mandated by civil rights law.  A city spokesman told the New York Daily News that lawyers “meticulously review these bills to ensure the rates are reasonable and no excessive or duplicate billing exists.” One ... Read More

Crib mobile recall announced by Skip Hop due to infant injury hazard

Skip Hop, baby products manufacturer based in New York City, has announced a crib mobile recall impacting nearly 3,500 defective Moonlight & Melodies projection crib mobiles in the nation. The issue comes from the product’s strap, which may break during use and allow the mobile to fall on the infant in the crib. According to the crib mobile recall, the mobiles are made with a white plastic arm and four blinking/glowing leaves stringing different stuffed animal attachments, including a yellow and gray giraffe, a gray and white striped owl, a green turtle with a gray-and-white polka-dot shell and a brown ... Read More

Doctors petition FDA to loosen power morcellator restrictions

Nearly four dozen physicians signed an open letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to rethink its decision to place restrictions on power morcellator devices used to perform hysterectomies and myomectomies (uterine fibroid removals), and empower women with the freedom to make their own decisions with their surgeons as to which procedure is right for them. “I think physicians should understand that there is certainly a safety concern with morcellation and they need to use caution to minimize the risk of inadvertently morcellating a precancerous or cancerous lesion,” said Dr. Jason Wright, with the Columbia University ... Read More

NYPD Whistleblower Settles Retaliation Lawsuit With NYC

New York City has agreed to pay a former NYPD sergeant $150,000 to settle a federal lawsuit he filed against his superiors, alleging they retaliated against him for blowing the whistle on corrupt practices within the department. Robert Borrelli, 50, filed his whistleblower complaint in a Brooklyn Federal court in 2013 after being rebuffed by the Internal Affairs Bureau, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Queens District Attorney’s Office, the New York Daily News reported. Mr. Borrelli alleged his former commanding officers at the 100th Precinct ordered felony complaints he prepared to be downgraded to misdemeanors, which would create ... Read More

Fake OSHA cards put construction worker safety in question; officials announce crackdown

A construction worker is required by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to take safety courses related to his or her line of work and receive an OSHA training card. However, New York City construction workers are trying to avoid the mandatory training entirely by carrying fake OSHA cards. As a result, the city’s Department of Investigation (DOI) and the Buildings Department are working together to weed out any and all workers attempting to perform construction duties without proper training. New York City is known for its numerous high-rise buildings and construction sites, but the innovation comes at a price. ... Read More