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Construction of the New York City Subway System

November 19th, 2022

Origins and the Elevated Railways:

What happened below was the result of what happened above.

Measuring a meager two miles wide by 13 miles long, 23-square-mile Manhattan Island grew into one of the world’s most populace cities. Like a cohesive trunk, it grew four other branches, or boroughs, in 1898, which stretched to Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, and became unified as New York City.

Although its insular status would have logically dictated the opposite, this jigsaw puzzle of land parcels, sandwiched between the East and Hudson rivers, was quickly fed by the Erie Canal and its bustling, East Coast ports.

Lower Manhattan, incubating most of the city’s businesses and industry, grew ever-denser and needed a frequent, low-cost means of access for its workforce, yet the obstacles to its creation were many.

Because electricity as a source of motive power had yet to become a viable option, traditional steam engine technology would forcibly have to be used, yet it was ill-suited toward anything but short, underground tunnel passage and would therefore be relegated to outside, elevated track.

Financial hurdles were likely to be considerable, and few would be willing to inject such a massive capital outlay into a transportation mode that had yet to be tested. Who, in the event, would own such a network and, even if its costs could be covered, how high would its fares have to be to do so?

Any street-level usage by track-plying trains would obviously require significant approvals, permits, and contracts from city, state, and governmental agencies and regulators.

New York Construction Accident Deaths Drop in 2009

April 22nd, 2022

Construction accidents dropped in the city of New York according to recent statistics, however the number of construction accidents and injuries is on the rise in 2009.

The building boom, which has dominated New York City in the last 10 years, had dwindled, which has contributed to the decrease in the number of construction-related deaths. The death rate decrease is the lowest rate in four years – only three deaths occurred in 2009 compared to 19 in 2008, an 85 percent drop, 12 in 2007 and 18 in 2006.

Many have credited the drop to an overhaul on safety procedures, including increased oversight and additional enforcement. Unfortunately, the number of reported construction accidents rose in 2009, despite the drop in number of new building permits. Reported injuries jumped from 246 from 178.

More accurate reports from contractors is credited for the jump in the number of construction accidents and injuries, according to the New York Buildings Department.

Two of the deaths were result of not using the required safety harness. Reliable safety harnesses are a vital necessity as falls are the largest contributing factor for a construction injury. Additional injuries can be caused by trench collapses, exposure to toxic chemicals, overexertion, and injury due to defective equipment.

Because some injuries and construction-related deaths could be prevented by adhering to proper safety guidelines, many of those injured by a preventable injury choose to pursue a construction accident lawsuit to recover potential monetary damages.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reported that the highest number of work-related fatalities occurred among construction workers due to construction site accidents. At least one out of every 10 construction workers will be involved in a construction injury of some sort each year. Although many minor accidents are not reported, more accurate reports nationwide have given officials a more accurate picture of the risks associated with construction sites.

The decrease in the number of deaths is promising; however the injury increase has many concerned. Construction workers between the ages of 25 and 34 are most likely to be injured in a construction accident. Non-fatal accidents can include broken bones, burns and head injuries.

Many construction injuries are severe enough to prevent a worker from returning to work.