1. Dangers from Falling Objects 2. What You Can do to Mitigate the Danger 3. What to do if You Have Been Injured by Falling Objects

Hazards From Above


In previous articles we discussed the danger falling icicles present to pedestrians. However, hazards from above can present dangers under all kinds of weather conditions. For reference, aging buildings, construction activity, and failure by those undertaking construction to take proper safety precautions can all result in falling debris. The danger of falling debris is increased if walking in an urban area, as they tend to be populated with tall buildings needing repair rather than replacement. Further, many city buildings require everyday maintenance (think window cleaning). All of this and more can result in a non-trivial danger to pedestrians from falling hazards.

In Mid-December, the danger of falling hazards was evidenced by the unfortunate passing of an architect near Times Square. Erica Tishman, 60, was hit by a falling piece of façade while walking on the 49th street sidewalk. The owners of the responsible building had previously been issued fines by the city pursuant to their failure to take actions to decrease the risk the building’s facades had of falling. These violations should have led the owners to add “scaffolding” or a “sidewalk shed” to the area surrounding the building, according to State Sen. Brad Hoylman, who represents the Times Square area. While it is not possible to fully eliminate the danger that falling hazards present (as illustrated above) there are safety precautions pedestrians can take to increase their safety.

First, pedestrians should always take efforts to be aware of their surroundings. Keep your head up at all times, and avoid using cellular devices unless needed. If your normal walking route has been upended by construction from above, it might be a good idea to look for a new route in the short term. Further, if one observes faulty construction from above (such as a crumbling façade), it might be a good idea to report the issue to the proper authorities. Entities such as the City of New York issue violations that should lead to corrective measures.You can report problems in NYC by calling 311 or at https://portal.311.nyc.gov/report-problems/.

It is an unfortunate reality of our world that hazards can come from anywhere; even from above. While this does not mean that one should stop living life, it does mean we should consider taking the proper safety precautions. However, even if taking precautions, danger can still present itself. If you or a loved one have been hurt by falling debris through no fault of your own, you might be able to receive compensation for your injury. For a free consultation with a NY personal injury lawyer, contact our firm by phone at 212-668-0059, or through email at info@1800lawline.com.





In previous articles we discussed the danger falling icicles present to pedestrians. However, hazards from above can present dangers under all kinds of weather conditions. For reference, aging buildings, construction activity, and failure by those undertaking construction to take proper safety precautions can all result in falling debris. The danger of falling debris is increased if walking in an urban area, as they tend to be populated with tall buildings needing repair rather than replacement. Further, many city buildings require everyday maintenance (think window cleaning). All of this and more can result in a non-trivial danger to pedestrians from falling hazards.

In Mid-December, the danger of falling hazards was evidenced by the unfortunate passing of an architect near Times Square. Erica Tishman, 60, was hit by a falling piece of façade while walking on the 49th street sidewalk. The owners of the responsible building had previously been issued fines by the city pursuant to their failure to take actions to decrease the risk the building’s facades had of falling. These violations should have led the owners to add “scaffolding” or a “sidewalk shed” to the area surrounding the building, according to State Sen. Brad Hoylman, who represents the Times Square area. While it is not possible to fully eliminate the danger that falling hazards present (as illustrated above) there are safety precautions pedestrians can take to increase their safety.

First, pedestrians should always take efforts to be aware of their surroundings. Keep your head up at all times, and avoid using cellular devices unless needed. If your normal walking route has been upended by construction from above, it might be a good idea to look for a new route in the short term. Further, if one observes faulty construction from above (such as a crumbling façade), it might be a good idea to report the issue to the proper authorities. Entities such as the City of New York issue violations that should lead to corrective measures.You can report problems in NYC by calling 311 or at https://portal.311.nyc.gov/report-problems/.

It is an unfortunate reality of our world that hazards can come from anywhere; even from above. While this does not mean that one should stop living life, it does mean we should consider taking the proper safety precautions. However, even if taking precautions, danger can still present itself. If you or a loved one have been hurt by falling debris through no fault of your own, you might be able to receive compensation for your injury. For a free consultation with a NY personal injury lawyer, contact our firm by phone at 212-668-0059, or through email at info@1800lawline.com.

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