A piece of construction equipment from a city construction site on the Upper East Side flew up and crashed through a window of the Asphalt Green recreation center, injuring a woman who was exercising. According to CBS News (7.9.14), two construction workers were trying to lift a manhole cover using jack hammer chisels at the time of the accident. The incident was recorded on video.
Robin Cocking, the injured Asphalt Green employee, suffered minor cuts and bruises from the shattered glass, reported CBS News.
The construction was being done on a ramp leading to the Marine Transfer Station project, said CBS News. The accident added to the controversy over the construction of a garbage transfer station next to the center.
A number of local residents and officials have protested the location of the transfer station saying it will endanger children who use the sports and fitness complex. One main concern, said Attorney at Law David Perecman, is the truck ramp which leads to the station. It will cut through the fitness facility, between the recreational center and a soccer field.
“Concerns about safety are valid and necessary. We can never lose sight of the need to put the safety of children first, and building a truck ramp where children play is worrying,” said Perecman.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States in 2012. More than one-fifth of the traffic deaths in the 14-and-younger age group were pedestrians. In the same year, an estimated 76,000 pedestrians were injured and 11,000 of them were 14 and younger.
“Drivers are going to have to be extremely careful to ensure that the safety of all pedestrians near the center is their number one concern,” added Perecman.
The incident occurred at the Asphalt Green Aqua Center on York Avenue at 91st Street.
The New York City Department of Design and Construction suspended construction on the project while the incident was being investigated, reported CBS News.
For more than 30 years, the personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped individuals and-or families obtain compensation following accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
The CBS News story cited is “Woman Hurt After Construction Chisel Crashes Through Window At Asphalt Green.”