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Death on the Job

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Subway Train Operator Haunted by Two Deaths on the Job in One Week. MTA and Union Officials Say the Tragedies Point to a Larger Crisis

Jerome Golden had piloted trains for 17 years without being involved in a deadly accident. Between Dec. 19 and Dec. 26, two women were killed by trains he was driving. Subway deaths rose slightly last year, despite the pandemic ridership plunge.

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‘A Bad Dream’: New York Children Who’ve Lost Parents to COVID-19 Face Hardships Beyond Grief

City support systems are lacking for the likely hundreds or more kids who have suddenly suffered a life-altering tragedy that’s taken a parent or other caregiver.

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MTA Promises Families of Workers Lost to COVID-19 $500K

With at least 59 deaths in the MTA’s ranks so far, the transit agency has agreed to give next of kin a half-a-million dollar lump-sum payment.

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Construction Overseers Charged With Manslaughter in Death of Luis Sánchez Almonte

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez presses rare manslaughter prosecutions in the 2018 fatal crushing of excavation worker Luis Sánchez Almonte in Sunset Park.

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One-Third of Construction Deaths Logged by Feds Go Uncounted by City

The Buildings Dept. is charged with monitoring the city’s most lethal industry. But OSHA stats show stark differences in assessing deaths on the job.

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Construction Deaths Go Unreported as Building Owners Ignore Law

Owners and contractors must inform the Buildings Department about worker fatalities. But only one death was recorded last year — out of at least 12.

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Developers Donate Big to Queens DA Candidate Who Vows Construction Crackdown

Melinda Katz says she sees no conflict between promise to prosecute dangerous builders and $250k-plus in real estate campaign contributions.

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The Price of a Laborer’s Life: A $63,647 Fine

OSHA investigators found that a cave-in warning was ignored shortly before immigrant construction worker Luis Sánchez Almonte died buried in rubble.

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