A Lower East Side construction worker was digging a 12-foot hole Wednesday when it suddenly collapsed, temporarily burying his entire body. Fellow workers and emergency responders worked for approximately one hour to free him. The man was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive, but many other construction workers in similar situations have perished.
In breaking news, a worker was killed in a Manhattan elevator accident earlier today. The details are still thin, but it appears that a man was working in the shaft when he was pinned between two elevator cars. He died at the scene.
Cycling in Central Park can be a dangerous, a notion that U2 frontman Bono can agree with. The rock singer crashed his bicycle in November after nearly colliding head-on with another cyclist. He recently stated that he may never play the guitar again.
New York City is finishing its first week with lowered speed limits on most of its roads. Workers began installing new 25 mph speed limit signs throughout the city last week. Once complete, in about one year, there will be 3,000 new speed limit signs.
New York is gripped by the news concerning Dr. Craig Spencer's recent Ebola diagnosis. The story has spurred concern and fear, but it seems that New York City and Bellevue Hospital Center were prepared. If the city and hospital weren't ready to handle an Ebola case, would there be liability issues?
Even though it's been nine months, it seems like just yesterday when a Metro North train derailed in the Bronx, killing four and injuring 19. The wreck was supposed to spur safety measures in MTA and NYC transit, but there does not seem to be any improvement.
In February, a 56-year-old man died in a New York City jail when the temperature in his cell reached at least 101 degrees. Preliminary investigations revealed that Jerome Murdough's internal body temperature reached 103 degrees, but nobody answered his pleas for help at the Riker's Island complex he was confined in.
Citi Bike racks have been a controversial matter since New York City implemented the bike-share program, but few regarded it as a life-or-death issue. That thinking may soon change, as a Citi Bike lawsuit reaches Manhattan Appellate Court.
A 43-year-old construction worker has settled a construction injury lawsuit against New York City for $6.3 million.
Tenants at 89 E. 116 St. in Harlem are upset about the shoddy cleanup of their apartments following a fatal gas explosion last month. The tenants have filed suit against their landlord and New York City, complaining that toxic lead paint hazards were not mitigated before tenants were told it was safe to return home.