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Manhattan Street Closed After Facade Collapse

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A facade collapse in Manhattan left a pile of debris on a city sidewalk, which prompted a street closure. According to an NBC New York report, the incident took place on West 20th Street and 9th Avenue in Chelsea. The debris on the sidewalk appeared to have fallen from the decorative arch over the doorway […]

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NYC Drivers with Multiple Violations Risk Losing Their Vehicles

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The New York City Council has approved legislation creating the nation’s first traffic enforcement program that will seize the vehicles of drivers who don’t take a safety class after racking up violations. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the bill, known as the “dangerous vehicle abatement program,” would require drivers who get […]

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Worker Electrocuted in New Rochelle Construction Accident

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A man was killed in a construction accident in New Rochelle when the cherry picker in which he was working accidentally hit electrical wires. According to a report on Patch.com, police said the incident occurred at 164 Union Avenue. An investigation found that the victim was working on the exterior of the building when he […]

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FDA to Hold Public Hearings About Asbestos Testing for Talcum Powders

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For the first time in nearly five decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will look into asbestos testing for talcum powders and cosmetics. According to a Reuters news report, regulators are now taking a closer look after finding asbestos, which is a known carcinogen, in several talcum powder products including a bottle of […]

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New Technology Helps Alert Fatigued Truck Drivers

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Despite federal rules that require truck drivers to get sufficient rest and breaks between and during shifts, exhausted truck drivers pose a significant risk on our roadways and numerous instances of fatigued driving has led to devastating truck accidents across the nation. The New York Times reports that new technologies are becoming available to alert […]

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Pedestrian Risks at New York City School Zones

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A new study has found there have been more than 140 traffic accidents in Staten Island school zones over the last seven years. According to an article in the Staten Island Advance, the study conducted by several entities including Safer America, a consumer safety advocate, worked with a data visualization agency to map the location […]

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Over 2000 NYC Elevators Tagged with Violations After Private Inspections

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NBC’s I-Team recently analyzed more than 400,000 elevator inspections conducted between 2017 and 2019 and found 2,217 instances where elevators were given “satisfactory” or “no violation” ratings by private inspectors, only to attract violations issued by the NYC Department of Buildings in the next 90 days. Under city law, every passenger elevator in New York […]

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Nearly 200 New York City Community Centers to Undergo Lead Paint Testing

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The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) (The Projects) will test for lead paint at 189 of its community centers across five boroughs. According to AMNY, the agency expects the tests will take about two months to complete and the results will be submitted on or about March 31. The tests will include visual assessments […]

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Thousands of NYC Building Facades Continue to Pose Pedestrian Hazards

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Landlords in New York City repeatedly flout laws when it comes to building facade safety and have ignored enforcement actions including amounts in fines of over $31 million, a recent investigation by The New York Times found. According to a Times report, an apartment building in the Bronx that houses a day care center on […]

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Can New Laws Protect Drivers from Ice Missiles on the Highway?

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At least four states including New York have bills pending that require drivers to clear excess ice and snow from their vehicles or face fines. According to a news report in the Indiana Gazette, just like ice chunks that can fall off buildings and hurt pedestrians, pieces of ice may break off vehicles and trailers […]

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