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Construction companies come up short on worker safety. Again!

Construction is a dangerous industry. Recognizing that, and acknowledging that New York's landscape necessitates building ever upward, the state stands apart from many others in the legal protection it seeks to provide workers. It does this through Labor Law § 240.

Striking the right balance on hot water temperature is crucial

Taking a comfortable shower or bath should be easy, even if you happen to live in a multi-resident apartment building. New York law seeks to make that possible by requiring landlords to keep hot water at a minimum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit at all times.

City life is risky enough for children. Play shouldn't be

Apartment living might not be the norm in New York City, but it is certainly big business. One of the largest players in the market is the New York City Housing Authority. By its own information, NYCHA shelters 1 in 14 New Yorkers in its public housing. A lot of them are families living in large apartment complexes.

Staying safe in this week of foul NYC winter weather

Just days ago, New York suffered through one severe nor'easter. The storm called Riley knocked down trees and took out power to tens of thousands of across the region. It also claimed at least one life, officials say. Riley cleanup is incomplete and now comes another onslaught in the form of Winter Storm Quinn.

Negligence of property owner alleged by New York City tenants

Some may say that the only things that soar higher in New York City than its skyscrapers are the rental prices its real estate market commands. As space is always in high demand, so are its prices -- one-bedroom apartments typically fetch around $3,000 per month on average. When a property owner fails to properly maintain these apartments, tenants may have legal recourse.

Establishing negligence in slip and fall lawsuits can be tricky

Every year, thousands of people suffer injuries due to dangerous conditions on the properties of others in New York. Slip and fall accidents can cause severe injuries that may lead to the need for long-term medical treatment. If the accident occurred due to the negligence of the property owner, recovery of damages might be pursued.

New York tenants say landlord failing to maintain safe conditions

Residents of a New York apartment building are at odds over recent renovations. The massive construction project has been going on for the better part of a year since its owner, the Brodsky Organization, assumed new leadership. While some applaud the changes in store, others feel the construction itself is creating more of a hazard than original condition of the building. They are accusing the new management of failing to maintain safe conditions.

Recent New York bicycle accident: 1 killed by truck

Any New York City cyclist who either commutes to work or merely uses a bicycle as a means of transportation, pleasure, or exercise will most likely admit that riding a bicycle in one of the largest cities in the world can be a bit harrowing. With large amounts of traffic and pedestrians popping out of nowhere, it takes great skill to bike in New York, but most bikers stay safe. When a bicycle accident does occur, though, serious injury or death sometimes occurs.

Does your rental unit contain lead paint?

The ongoing lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, MI has raised many troubling questions and resulted in residents throughout the U.S. to also question their own safety when it comes to exposure to lead-laden materials. When it comes to lead exposure and poisoning in New York City, older buildings that contain lead-based paint pose a significant hazard to residents.

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