Two New York window washers were left dangling 140 feet in the air after one side of their carriage suddenly dropped. The two men were washing windows on the 14th floor of a building located on Lexington Ave near 99th street when the accident happened.The two men were safely harnessed and didn’t suffer any injury. They were rescued by a team of firefighters and members from the NYPD Emergency Service Unit who were able to pull them to safety through a window. Read more in the NY Daily News
A major step in Vision Zero plan to reduce the number of injury and death related to traffic accidents in New York City has been achieved this week. Albany just granted Bill deBlasio the authority to reduce the maximum speed limit from 30 mph to 25mph in all 5 boroughs of New York City.
Former Traffic Commissioner Sam Schwartz, also known as Gridlock Sam because he coined the term gridlock, believes the following measures would be effective in cutting down the number of pedestrian accidents in New York City.
- forensic investigation of all fatal and severe accidents by a traffic engineer
- more pedestrian refuge islands
- better roadway lighting at night
- improvement of yellow and all-red signal timing
- reduce drunk driving
- reduce texting and driving
- expand red lights and speed cameras
- increase the number uniformed pedestrian traffic managers
- enforce traffic safety at constructions sites
- mandatory rear wheel guards for trucks
Some of this measures are similar to those proposed by Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD Commissioner Bratton in Queens last week (see our previous blog).
When OSHA inspectors visited RWS, a plant that makes wood shavings for animal bedding, they found explosive combustible shavings all over the equipment and the floor with accumulation reaching as high as one foot in some areas. Adding to that employees were authorized to smoke in locations where excessive wood dust and wood shavings created a high risk of fire.
RWS Manufacturing plant in Queensbury, NY,deliberately, seriously and repeatedly violated worker safety and health standards and is now facing $233,870 in fines by OSHA.
Since its opening in Quennsburry, NY, 5 years ago, RWS Manufacturing plant has been the objects of multiple complaints by neighbors. It also has a long history of issues with the town’s enforcement codes related to noise, smoke and lack of groundwater control.