According to a recent New York Times piece, this year more people will die in traffic accidents involving large trucks than the number of people who have been killed in the last 45 years of commercial airplane crashes. Despite, Congress is wholly ignoring roadway safety while working to pass a new highway funding bill.
Traffic deaths in the United States have risen 14% in the first six months of 2015, ahead of the same time period for 2014, putting the U.S. on track to have its deadliest year since 2007. On August 17th, the National Safety Counsel released its Motor Vehicle Fatality Estimates. According to the report, there have been 18,630 motor vehicle related deaths since the start of the year.
The Bronx recently had the worst outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease in New York City history. To date, 119 people reportedly have been infected with the disease and twelve individuals have died. Thus far fourteen sites within the Bronx impact zone have been identified as testing positive of Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's Disease.
Even when everything is going right, a construction site can be a dangerous place, but when warnings are ignored and the threat of imminent risk to the safety of workers is simply brushed aside, things can quickly become catastrophic. Unfortunately, that was the case on April 6, 2015, when Carlos Moncayo, 22, of Queens was killed by a collapsing wall despite repeated warnings to his supervisors of the potential danger.