December 2016 Archives

Problems can sometimes come up in connection to sidewalk sheds

Things designed to help with one type of safety problem can sometimes give rise to their own unique problems. Take sidewalk sheds for example. These structures, also referred to as sidewalk scaffolding, can play a very important role in keeping pedestrians safe from falling objects when construction is being done on a building or there is a significant problem with a building’s facade. Given how harmful falling object accidents can be, preventing them can be critical.

Slip-and-fall accidents and the statute of limitations

While some people in New York are looking forward to a winter wonderland during this holiday season, they must keep in mind that ice and snow pose dangers not just to drivers on the roadways, but also to pedestrians walking on the streets and sidewalks. One slip-and-fall accident can lead to serious injuries, perhaps necessitating a lengthy hospital stay and extensive rehabilitation.

Falling objects are a serious hazard on construction sites

Objects dropped from work sites injured more than 52,000 people in the past year, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. That averages to about 143 people a day or one person every ten minutes reporting an injury due to an object falling on them.

Moving walkways: The future of urban transportation?

Anyone who regularly travels by air has likely encountered their share of moving sidewalks. However, outside of airports and a few other contexts, these walkways aren't a major part of everyday transportation. Might this change in the future?

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