Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf is a New York Plaintiff's personal injury law firm specializing in automobile accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, products liability, police misconduct and all types of New York personal injury litigation.
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The construction industry is essential but dangerous, with workers exposed to multiple risks like falls, machine hazards, and chemical exposures. Safety interventions, like pre-task planning (PTP) and personal protective equipment (PPE), mitigate these dangers. The latest Data Bulletin of the Center For Construction Research and Training (CPWR) analyzes the safety practices of contractors and their relationship with unions and trade associations.

The survey categorized respondents by union and trade association status. Most respondents hired union workers, with 36.2% solely employing them and 24.8% employing both union and non-union workers. Also, 84.2% were trade association members, and 94.4% of union contractors belonged to trade associations. These factors shape safety practices in the industry.

Pre-Task Planning (PTP)

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Location of the fatal school bus accident in Queens NYCA 73-year-old Bronx woman, Maria Rodriguez, lost her life after being struck by a school bus in Queens, NY. This tragic event occurred just moments after she had dropped off her grandchildren at school, marking a devastating day for her family and the entire community.

Maria Rodriguez was attempting to cross 86th Street in Queens at around 7:30 a.m. when she was hit by a school bus making a left turn from 107th Avenue in Ozone Park. Despite the efforts of first responders, she was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.

Maria Rodriguez was a beloved mother and grandmother, the pillar of her family, known for her vivacity and joy. Her grandson, Joel Rodriguez, described her as the heart of the family, the one who would bring everyone together.

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NYC Medical Malpractice attorney Marijo Adimey ran the marathon and raised fund for the American Cancer Society
In every race, each step can tell a story of perseverance, hope, and dedication. For Marijo “MJ” Adimey, a partner at our Personal Injury Law Firm, the NYC Marathon wasn’t just a 26.2-mile challenge—it was a mission to make strides against cancer.

We are thrilled to announce that MJ has been honored with the Top Individual Fundraiser Award for her incredible efforts in The American Cancer Society’s Determination Program for the NYC Marathon.

MJ’s commitment to the cause is a reflection of her character—determined, compassionate, and relentlessly focused on making a difference. Her fundraising endeavors culminated in a substantial contribution to cancer research and treatment, advocating for advancements that offer hope for early detection, improved care, and the dream of a cure.raising more than 17K for the American Cancer Society

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JFK airport where two construction workers were killedOn April 3, 2023, tragedy struck at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, when two workers from Triumph Construction Corp. lost their lives in a devastating construction accident. A subsequent investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) uncovered critical lapses in safety protocols that could have prevented this tragedy.

Two dedicated employees of Triumph Construction Corp. found themselves in a perilous situation as they attempted to remove soil from below a concrete slab within a trench. The concrete slab unexpectedly broke apart and collapsed, fatally crushing both workers.

OSHA’s Investigation

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Location of the fatal hit and run accidentAs pedestrian accident lawyers, we have seen the devastating aftermath of road accidents far too often. The recent tragedy involving Yvonne Sandiford, a cherished 79-year-old Brooklyn resident, is a reminder that our streets are failing the most vulnerable among us.

The accident, which unfolded on a dangerous street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, involved not one, but two hit-and-run drivers. It is a grim portrayal of the violence that can occur on our roads — violence that should be met with the same urgency and prevention as any other act of violence in our society.

It is deeply troubling that this fatal crash occurred within what is designated as a Senior Pedestrian Zone — areas where the city has pledged to enhance safety for older residents. Yet, the intersection of Herkimer Street and New York Avenue, notorious for being perilous, had seen no safety upgrades. This is not just a failure of infrastructure but a failure of duty to protect those who are most at risk.

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Best Law Firm in product Liability Medical Malpractice and Personal InjuryWe are delighted to announce that for the 14th consecutive year, our firm has earned a spot as a Tier 1 Firm in New York City by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in the following categories:

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiff
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation – Plaintiff
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location of the car crash on 47th street and Queens BoulevardThe legal world frequently encounters instances of repeat offenders, individuals who, despite having faced the consequences of their actions, find themselves entangled with the law again. The story of Michael Moreno from Stormville, NY, is one such  reminder.

In October 2015, Gabriela Aguilar-Vallinos, a dedicated waitress, was fatally struck while cycling home from work. The individual behind the wheel, Michael Moreno, did not stop. After two weeks of silence, Moreno turned himself in to the authorities. His decision to wait meant that key evidence, such as alcohol involvement, was lost.

The court found Moreno guilty of criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. He was sentenced to six years in prison, providing some solace to Gabriela’s grieving family and the community.

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Location of the fatal NYPD tow truck accidentYesterday morning, a 7-year-old boy lost his life in Brooklyn, NYC, after being struck by a New York Police Department (NYPD) tow truck. The accident occurred at the northern border of Fort Greene Park.

The collision occurred at approximately 7:45 a.m. when the young boy and his mother crossed Myrtle Avenue in a marked crosswalk. The tow truck driver, identified as Stephanie Sharp, a 54-year-old traffic enforcement agent with the NYPD, attempted to make a right turn onto North Portland Avenue and tragically struck the boy, who was on his way to school. Despite the swift arrival of emergency medical workers, they were unable to save the young life, and the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Legal consequences

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ambulance at accident sceneA school crossing guard, Krystyna Naprawa, 63 years old and a resident of Howard Beach, lost her life last Friday morning when she was struck and killed by a dump truck making a right turn at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue in Queens.

The accident occurred at approximately 8 a.m. when a 39-year-old dump truck driver turned onto Atlantic Avenue, colliding with Krystyna Naprawa as she was fulfilling her duty as a crossing guard. Despite the immediate response from emergency services, she tragically succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

The driver, identified as Hector Yepes, was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care.

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accident sceneIn the early hours of Sunday, a 59-year-old man’s life took a tragic turn when the ambulance he was riding in was T-boned at the intersection of 10th Avenue and West 42nd Street in Hell’s Kitchen. The man was already in critical condition due to a heart attack and was being rushed to the hospital. Sadly, the collision with a Dodge Durango added further complexity to his situation.

Another ambulance promptly arrived to transport the victim to Mount Sinai West Hospital. Despite all efforts, he did not survive. The Durango driver and EMS workers suffered minor injuries in the accident.

This accident is a stark reminder of the urgent need for safe and responsible driving on the streets of Manhattan, especially considering the critical nature of the medical emergency at hand. Investigations will undoubtedly determine the extent to which the collision contributed to this tragic outcome.