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Multi-vehicle accident injures multiple motorists as well as pedestrians

New York – Multiple accident victims were left in the wake of a car crash in the Bronx. The car ‎accident apparently started when a driver tried speeding away from police and then slammed into two ‎other cars and several pedestrians. The pedestrian accident caused three injury victims to be rushed ‎to the hospital with varying wounds after they were hit by the car. Occupants of the other cars also ‎suffered various injuries from the motor vehicle collision and required emergency care in the trauma ‎center. The suspected injuries have included head injury with traumatic brain injury, neck and back ‎pain as well as possible broken bones and fractures. Witnesses note that the initial vehicle that caused ‎the car crash rolled over and landed on its roof. The driver of that car was arrested by police and will be ‎charged with crimes that led to an accident with personal injury. You can read more about this roll-over ‎car collision here. ‎

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Can construction companies convince New York to repeal essential work safety law?‎

New York – Labor laws are designed and passed to protect workers from work accident injuries. The ‎New York State Labor Law 240 is one such law that was written to prevent work-related injury by ‎requiring basic safety protocols and equipment for at-risk employees. Specifically, this so-called ‎‎“scaffold law” was an answer to a well-known and specific problem of construction accidents due to ‎hazardous conditions at work. However, some companies within the construction industry are ‎attempting to have lawmakers cancel the law in an effort for them to make more money. The goal and ‎specifics of the law were to require employers in construction companies to provide safety training ‎and equipment, such as harnesses, hard hat helmets, protective goggles and the like. The most ‎pressing of safety issues in construction sites is that of trip and fall accidents, especially a fall from a ‎height at work. These types of work accidents are common, especially in the dangerous confines of an ‎active construction zone.‎

When an employee reports that he fell at work or suffered some kind of on-the-job injury, the ‎employer should immediately investigate what went wrong that led to the work injury and what must ‎be done to prevent something similar in the future. Unfortunately, some bosses just care about ‎making money and simply refuse to buy expensive safety equipment. Others half-heartedly provide ‎some equipment but don’t provide the essential required training in the use and inspection of the ‎equipment. Many workers have complained that improper or negligent maintenance of safety ‎equipment is an even bigger problem than not providing the safety gear. They note that higher levels ‎of risk in dangerous situations may be taken while relying on the protection gear to operate properly. ‎However, when the gear breaks or malfunctions, the consequences can be devastating, including slip ‎and falls, head injury, spinal injury, nerve damage and even wrongful death. Read more about this ‎scaffold safety law as well as the attempts to cancel it here.‎

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Horse carriage versus car accident on New York City’s streets

New York – The dangers of slow moving horse drawn carriages using the same streets as fast moving ‎cars has become much more apparent this week. A car crash involving a horse pulled wagon took ‎place in Midtown Manhattan. Differing accounts of the accident have created some confusion as to ‎who caused the collision with injuries. Some have noted that the car was possibly speeding or reckless ‎driving. Witnesses have reported that the car slammed into the side of the horse and wagon causing ‎the horse to trip and fall and suffer serious injuries. However, another account of the accident explains ‎that the horse charged into the car and then collapsed. In any event, this horse accident has brought ‎to the forefront about the dangers of having horses on public city streets. Some have charged that ‎such a dangerous situation is intolerable and can be expected to lead to accidents and injuries or even ‎possible wrongful death. This includes the dangers not only to drivers and passengers in cars and in the ‎carriage but also pedestrians, bicyclists and the horses themselves. According to officials, this horse ‎was actually on his first day on the job at the time of the work accident. This raises the question about ‎whether or not the horse and driver of the carriage had sufficient safety training before starting work. ‎See this article for more about this collision.‎

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Queens car accident leaves one woman dead and mutiple injury victims

New York – The Van Wyck Expressway was the scene of a deadly hit-and-run car crash one late night this month. An elderly woman was a rear passenger of a car that was struck by another ‎vehicle, leaving her with fatal injuries. Her vehicle was hit from behind by an SUV during the high ‎speed motor vehicle accident (MVA) that ultimately involved three cars. The rear-end accident also ‎caused multiple accident victims to suffer injuries of varying degrees. To make matters worse, the ‎reckless driver that caused the collision fled the scene on foot after hitting a guardrail and crashing ‎onto another road. Police believe that the driver of that SUV was speeding and possibly could have ‎been a drunk driver. The driver of the car that was rear-ended was also evaluated for injuries from the ‎accident. However, at least two more crash victims from a third vehicle involved in the same accident ‎were taken to the hospital with wounds according to reports. There are more details about this hit-‎and-run crash and other recent deadly New York City MVAs available at this site.

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Bus crash on New York State Thruway with multiple injuries

New York – Multiple accident victims have suffered a wide range of injuries during a tour bus accident. The bus crash occurred as ‎the bus exited the highway and rolled over and finally came to rest on its side, causing injuries to ‎nearly 60 victims. Officials say that all injury victims were rushed to the hospital and treated for ‎wounds that include spinal injuries, head injury with possible traumatic brain injury (TBI), broken ‎bones and internal bleeding. At least a few of the rollover accident victims suffered severe or even life ‎threatening injuries. Others suffered wounds that can lead to potential long term or even permanent ‎disability according to specialists. Photos from the crash scene show extensive damage to the sides ‎and roof of the bus as well as broken windows and glass. The cause of the bus collision is still under ‎investigation, including the possibility of reckless driving, speeding or even question of negligence. This ‎article shares more about this NYS Thruway bus motor vehicle crash.

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Suffolk County boy suffers facial injuries in horrific fireworks accident

New York – A young teenage boy suffered a serious injury when he was suddenly hit in the face by fireworks. ‎Reports show that the boy suffered severe facial injuries during the accident after a set of illegal ‎fireworks were fired in his direction. It is unclear as to where and how the group of teens obtained ‎the dangerous fireworks. However, police are investigating to determine if negligence or neglect ‎played a role in this accident with injuries. Doctors say that the boy was brought to the trauma center ‎at Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island for emergency care. He was determined to have ‎suffered significant burn injuries as well as other damage from his wounds. Specialists say that such ‎an injury can also cause broken bones, head injury and even traumatic brain injury (TBI). The accident ‎victim was hospitalized due to his injuries but it is unclear whether he suffered a TBI. Residents in ‎the area complain that dangerous amounts of fireworks were fired off and some are outraged that ‎police and parents did not do more to prevent this tragedy. See this article for ‎further details about these fireworks injuries. ‎

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Injured worker in grocery store machinery accident

New York – Fire Department rescuers responded to a call for a man with his arm caught inside of a ‎meat grinder machine in a horrific accident. Witnesses say that the worker in the meat department was ‎operating the meat grinder when his shirt sleeve became caught by the machine. The machine then ‎pulled the man’s arm into the grinding machine by the entangled shirt. The first responder rescue ‎team had to disassemble the machine in order to extricate the work injury victim while medical ‎responders stabilized his condition to the best of their abilities. Paramedics explain that he suffered a ‎serious arm injury including lacerations of soft tissue and muscle as well as possible nerve damage and ‎laceration of blood vessels. In addition, there was concern regarding broken bones from the accident. ‎The injured accident victim was rushed to the emergency room trauma center for additional care. ‎Investigators are looking into whether proper training and safety gear was provided to the worker for ‎this specific machine. Also, machine maintenance records will need to be reviewed to ensure that ‎proper repairs were performed and preventative maintenance was up-to-date. Trauma and worker’s ‎compensation experts note that negligent maintenance can sometimes lead to similar devastating ‎accidents and injuries for workers. This article shares more details about this horrific work accident.‎

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Ferry accident in Brooklyn blamed on equipment failure

New York – A private ferry boat accident occurred when the boat ran aground this past ‎weekend. Reports show that the ship was filled with over 100 people when it suffered a steering ‎failure and the engine was apparently unresponsive. Luckily the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) ‎emergency responders were able to located the damaged vessel quickly and rescue the passengers. ‎Officials say that at least one person on board the boat crash suffered injuries. That injury victim was ‎taken to the hospital for emergency evaluation. It is unclear if any other accident victims sought ‎medical care after being rescued. Boat and sailing safety experts say that there have been several ‎boating accidents in New York over the past few months. Transportation and boat safety Investigators ‎will need to examine the maintenance logs and safety protocols followed by the ferry company in ‎order to determine if any negligent maintenance could have helped lead to this boat crash. See this ‎article for more about these ferry crash.‎

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Electric scooter accident kills actress in Manhattan

New York – Several days after being hit by a scooter, a famous actress was pronounced dead from her ‎accident injuries. The accident victim was crossing the street when she was ‎struck by the electric vehicle, causing her to suffer multiple critical injuries. Witnesses to the motor ‎vehicle versus pedestrian accident note that the driver of the scooter fled the scene of the scooter ‎crash. Police explain that the hit-and-run accident is still under investigation as details are gathered and ‎the search for the possibly reckless driver continues. It is unclear if this electric scooter collision ‎involved speeding or even drunk driving and these remain open questions for investigators. The ‎pedestrian struck was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she was treated in the emergency ‎department and admitted due to critical injuries. Unfortunately, despite extensive efforts and surgical ‎procedures, the woman died of injuries that she has sustained in the vehicle crash. See this article for more details about this hit-and-run accident involving a ‎motor scooter.‎

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Police officers injured in Sunset Park elevator accident

New York – Over twenty New York Police Department (NYPD) and federal law enforcement officers ‎were involved in an elevator collapse accident while at work. The on-the-job accident occurred ‎when the team of police officers and personnel were possibly moving equipment into the building. ‎The elevator apparently suffered an equipment malfunction when it suddenly collapsed down to the ‎basement level. Officials will need to look over maintenance records to determine if negligent ‎maintenance could have contributed to this accident with injuries. Extensive safety devices and ‎protocols are in place to ensure that such an elevator accident doesn’t occur. However, proper upkeep ‎is necessary to ensure that public safety is protected. Specifics of injuries suffered during this work ‎accident are unclear but at least one police officer was transported to the emergency department. He ‎was suffering with a back injury and he was taken by ambulance for treatment. Ambulance, paramedic ‎and rescue personnel rushed to the scene and described the events. Concern has been raised about ‎additional spinal injuries or occult fractures and even internal bleeding and injuries. Accident specialists ‎explain that an accident at work already raises significant concerns but an injured worker in law ‎enforcement includes additional problems that can add to injury and disability. The weapons and ‎extensive equipment that is carried by a cop or other enforcement agent can cause injuries and even ‎difficulty in functioning when trying to return to work. See this article for ‎additional information about this work related elevator accident.

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