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NYC Council Passes New Bill To Close Loophole for Large Commuter Vans

The New York City Council recently passed a bill to close the loophole that had allowed large commuter vans to get around the city’s commuter law. The newly passed bill, Intro 925-A, gives a new definition of what counts as a “for-hire vehicle” which previously excluded vehicles that seated more than 20 passengers. The updated definition now allows the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to regulate these vehicles and make sure that drivers and companies follow the safety restrictions in place. “Commuter vans provide a vital service to communities in my district and around the city,...

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3 Top NYCHA Executives Face Criminal Charges Relating to 2015 Fatal Elevator Accident

On December 24, 2015 at approximately 4 p.m., Olegaio Pabon stepped into the elevator at a Bronx NYCHA development in New York City. Before he was completely inside, the elevator rocketed up trapping his leg and hand. He then fell on his head. He died from the resulting injuries. The fatal elevator accident was avoidable. Approximately thirty minutes before the incident, a concerned tenant of the building had called to complain about the elevator “going up and down by itself with its door open and when the door closed it slam really hard.” Nothing was done to address this...

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Another Fatal Pedestrian Accident in NYC

The New York Police Department announced that a NYC pedestrian died from his injuries after being struck by a minivan on November 7, 2018 at around 6:30 pm. A minivan struck 52 year old Alvaro Gutierrez, as he was walking in the crosswalk on Southern Boulevard at Elsmere Place. He flew in the air and landed on the roadway. He was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital where he died the next day. The minivan driver was not charged. Winter Season Is Deadly for Pedestrians According to statistics, there is a drastic increase in the rate of pedestrian accidents in...

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Jury Awards $289 Million to a Man Who Claimed Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer Gave Him Cancer

San Francisco jurors ruled that Roundup, the most popular weed killer in the world, gave a former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson terminal cancer. They awarded him $289 million in damages. Most of the award was aimed to punish the agricultural company Monsanto. Johnson’s victory could set a massive precedent for thousands of other cases claiming Monsanto’s famous herbicide causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Johnson’s case was the first to go to trial because his terminal cancer was in its last stages and his doctors said he was near death. In California, dying plaintiffs can be granted expedited trials. Monsanto Vice President...

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OSHA Proposed New Crane Safety Rule

Crane accidents can result in serious and even fatal accidents. One way to prevent these tragic accidents is to make sure crane operators are adequately trained and certified. After multiple complaints from the construction industry about the lack of proper training and certification, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration finally proposed some changes. On May 18, 2018, OSHA proposed an update to its crane safety rules. OSHA changed certain provisions and added new minimum operator competency requirements. The agency further proposed to remove a current provision requiring multiple certification levels based on an equipment’s lifting capacity. In its place,...

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