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How Airbags Work, And How They Can Fail

Millions of the safety devices have turned deadly. It's been a brutal year for motorists and for an industry safeguard that was, until now, seen as an unmitigated lifesaver. Last spring, several automakers began recalling vehicles because their airbag supplier, Takata Corp., had shipped bags with botched inflators. It turns out the inflators can send shrapnel spewing through a cabin with such force that they leave victims with what police have said look like gunshot and stab wounds. (In one case, cops actually started a homicide investigation.) Global giants like Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Mazda, BMW, Subaru, and Pontiac were forced to recall 19...

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NYCOSH Construction Fatality Report, “DEADLY SKYLINE,” Released, Reveals Increasing Trend in New York State Construction Fatalities

A New Report Shows Construction In New York State Remains ‘Highly Dangerous’ Despite Attempts At Improving Safety Construction Fatalities In New York City Decreasing Despite Overall Statewide Increase In Construction-Related Fatalities The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) released its latest construction fatality report, “Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State,” outlining just how dangerous construction remains in New York State. Deemed “highly dangerous,” researchers found increasing trends in New York State construction fatalities and that employers routinely violate legal regulations with impunity. The report also found that while New York State is seeing an...

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Man Crushed and Killed When Elevator in NYC Building Suddenly Falls

A man was crushed to death by a malfunctioning elevator at a Manhattan luxury high-rise rental building Thursday morning, authorities and law enforcement sources said. The freak incident occurred just before 8:30 a.m. at the 23-story building, called Manhattan Promenade, at 344 Third Ave. near East 26th Street in Kips Bay. FDNY Deputy Chief Anthony Arpaia told reporters that the victim was exiting the elevator — occupied by seven people — at the lobby level when the car suddenly dropped toward the basement, causing him to become stuck between the elevator car and the shaft wall on the first floor. One person safely...

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Police Across US to Crack Down on Impaired Driving Through Labor Day

About 30,000 police officers will be out on the roads around the country through the Labor Day weekend to crack down on impaired driving. It's an annual effort, but this year poses potential risks to immigrants who fear getting stopped and deported. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Wednesday it will run the high-visibility enforcement campaign during what is one of the deadliest times on U.S. roads. Similar efforts have taken place in previous years, but the heightened police presence this year may increase the fear of potential deportation among some immigrants, given the strict immigration policies pursued by the Trump administration. The...

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18th NYC Cyclist to Die this Year

Another cyclist was killed on Monday while riding along a busy Brooklyn avenue. Em Samolewicz, 30, was cycling north on Third Avenue in Sunset Park, when she was struck and killed by the driver of a commercial tractor trailer heading in the same direction around 9 a.m., according to the police department. Samolewicz, of Brooklyn, was attempting to maneuver around an open door of a parked car near the intersection of 36th Street when she was hit, police said. She was taken to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, where she was pronounced dead. The 37-year-old driver of the truck remained at the scene and a police...

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Worker Killed by Falling Construction Equipment in the Bronx

A Bronx recycling center worker was killed in a freak accident Saturday, police said. The 47-year-old man was welding a piece of metal on to the front bucket of a bulldozer when the bucket fell on top of him on Exterior St. near E. 146th St. in the South Bronx at about 1:30 p.m., cops said. The man died at the scene. His heartbroken family members rushed to the scene and consoled themselves. By Ellen Moynihan and Thomas Tracy [Daily News] ...

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Boat Crash Kills 2 Women, Injures Several Others

Two women were killed in separate crashes in the water off Long Island on Sunday, officials said. An 18-year-old woman was on a Jet Ski when it crashed into a 35-foot boat around 10:30 a.m. off of Baldwin Harbor, a hamlet in Hempstead, Nassau County police said. The victim, later identified as Caitlin Rose McDonald of Rockville Center, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Later Sunday afternoon, another woman died when two boats collided in Moriches Inlet, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Three people were aboard a 50-foot Sea Ray boat when it struck a drifting boat occupied by the woman and her...

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NY Pols Pass Brianna’s Law Requiring Boater Safety Courses

New York State lawmakers have passed a bill dubbed Brianna’s Law — named for a Long Island girl killed in a boating crash — that requires boaters to take boater safety classes. The measure passed the New York State Senate last month and the state Assembly this week. The bill now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is expected to sign it into law. “Accidents happen whether on land or on water, but having knowledge of boating safety and navigation laws will help keep those from turning deadly,” said Assemb. Kim Jean-Pierre (D-Wheatley Heights), a lead sponsor of the bill. Current law only...

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NY Senate Approves New Limo Regulations

The New York state Senate passed a package of limousine regulations Thursday following deadly limo crashes in Schoharie and Long Island. Democratic state Senator Tim Kennedy of the Buffalo area’s 63rd district stood alongside the families of limo crash victims as he outlined the regulations at the capitol. “From requiring seatbelts in every vehicle carrying nine or more passengers, to mandating commercial driver’s licenses and drug and alcohol testing for drivers for for-hire vehicles...

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New York Construction Workers Remain at Risk Without Legislative Action

With this year’s legislative session in full-swing in Albany, special interest groups have resumed their attacks on laws designed to keep workers safe on construction sites. Construction and insurance trade groups, seeking to shed accountability and pad their pockets, have argued that labor protections like the Scaffold Safety Law are somehow undermining worker safety. However, a recent data analysis by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH) confirms that stronger safety requirements in New York City are helping to reduce on-the-job fatalities while worker deaths continue to rise in other, less-regulated parts of the state. In 2017, the most recent...

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