Death on the Job

Lauryn Petrie was just getting her life together after a history of abuse and drugs when the pandemic locked down her dreams of stand-up comedy fame. She took her sense of humor to the morgue instead.
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.
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.
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.
Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez presses rare manslaughter prosecutions in the 2018 fatal crushing of excavation worker Luis Sánchez Almonte in Sunset Park.
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.
Owners and contractors must inform the Buildings Department about worker fatalities. But only one death was recorded last year — out of at least 12.
Melinda Katz says she sees no conflict between promise to prosecute dangerous builders and $250k-plus in real estate campaign contributions.
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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