Firm News

Trenching Safety Updates

An increase in trench-related work fatalities has caused the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to update their policies regarding trenching and excavation safety. In 2016, OSHA reported 23 construction workers were killed in trench collapses and accidents- more than the total for 2014 and 2015 combined. Most recently in New York City, a construction… (keep reading)

Choosing a Doctor

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States taking nearly 300,000 lives every year, according to a John Hopkins study. Medical errors can be caused by a number of oversights and mistakes made by physicians, and sometimes it’s not their first time making them. Patients can’t prevent doctors from making… (keep reading)

Clergy Abuse Scandal

The release of an appalling report this Tuesday in Pennsylvania has some Catholic families afraid to continue raising their children within the church. In a startling 1,356-page grand jury document, taking two years of investigating to complete, more than 300 Catholic “predator priests” were accused of sexually abusing over 1,000 children across six Pennsylvania dioceses… (keep reading)

Worker Heat Injuries

Heat is not a weather condition to mess around with when it comes to outdoor working occupations. In July of 2015, a 37-year-old sanitation employee working on Staten Island was complaining about the effects of working in the extreme heat before he went to his car for a break. Sadly, his co-workers found him unresponsive… (keep reading)

Construction Accidents in NYC

New York City has seen a spike in construction accidents in the last few months that are showing a concerning disregard for worksite safety: On July 12, a construction worker in Morningside Heights was killed when a steel beam fell on him. The beam fell from scaffolding that was being broken down by two of… (keep reading)

Heatstroke Kills

A four-month-old baby in central New York died of heatstroke after being left in his father’s car for an ‘extended period of time’ back in the summer of 2016. The baby was found unconscious and was pronounced dead despite emergency medical procedures to save him- the temperature outside the car was over 80 degrees.  … (keep reading)

Summer Concerts can be Dangerous… and Deadly

Now that school is officially out, summer concert season is in full swing. Multi-season arenas and outdoor venues are preparing for packed crowds and sold-out shows. Music lovers of all genres are just waiting to hear their favorite tunes accompanied by thousands of other fans. Concerts can be thrilling and magical, but surprisingly they can… (keep reading)

Secrets Your Surgeon Won’t Tell You

This past May, a disturbing video went viral of a plastic surgeon from Georgia dancing and singing while standing over patients during surgery. Not only is the doctor holding a scalpel during the video, but blurred images clearly show multiple bodies of patients were already open and exposed to the elements, while even supporting medical… (keep reading)

Vision Zero

Since beginning in 2014, Vision Zero has made a noticeable impact on the safety of New York City streets. Last year,  NYC saw the lowest rates of traffic-related fatalities since 1910. Between 2013 and 2017, traffic deaths overall dropped 28% and pedestrian fatalities were down by 45%. Yet, while city officials are throwing up their… (keep reading)

NYC Hospital Safety Grades

NYC Hospitals Are Part of the 3rd Leading Cause of Death Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States next to heart disease and cancer, contributing to an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 fatalities every year. Patient health and safety should always be a top priority for hospitals. When it comes… (keep reading)

Make construction work less dangerous

Construction work is dangerous activity. To make it less dangerous the law in New York requires that owners and contractors provide appropriate safety devices to prevent gravity-related accidents like falls from ladders or scaffolds, or objects falling on workers. Unfortunately, on many jobs in which owners or contractors employ undocumented workers, abuses abound and workers… (keep reading)

The Labor Law of the State of New York

The Labor Law of the State of New York attempts to ensure worker safety by putting the responsibility for safety on owners and contractors who control the work site. The law states: “All contractors and owners and their agents… in the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure shall… (keep reading)