City identifies cause of fatal wall collapse in Brooklyn

first_imgCity officials say inadequate support for a retaining wall led to the death of construction worker Jashim Mia. (NYPD via Twitter) City officials say inadequate support for a retaining wall led to the death of a construction worker in a Brooklyn yard on Monday.Jashim Mia, 39, was killed on Tuesday when a retaining wall collapsed at 454 42nd Street in Sunset Park, according to the New York City Police Department and Department of Buildings. He was hired to repair the retaining wall, and was performing excavation work along the length of the structure. Inadequate shoring along the wall caused it to crumble, a DOB spokesperson said.Mia was pronounced dead at the scene. Another 25-year-old worker was injured and taken to NYU Langone Lutheran Hospital, according to the NYPD.The owners of the adjacent property, 453 43rd Street, had hired Mia and other workers to repair the wall, according to DOB. The work required access to 454 42nd Street. DOB has since issued a partial vacate order for the backyards of both homes. The owners of 453 43rd Street, listed in property records as Wilfredo and Rosael Roman, didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.The DOB’s investigation of the incident is ongoing. Contact Kathryn Brenzel Full Name* Email Address* Tagsconstruction accidentsSunset Park Share via Shortlink Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Who’d be a single parent?

first_imgDirectly accessed from Lindsay Mitchell Blog 4 Oct 2014 (because it’s good!)The Families Commission produced some research which compared one parent families with three other family types: two parent families, younger couples without children and older couples without children.The following is a summary of what they discovered about one parent families:› less likely to have felt satisfied with their life as a whole (77.8 percent)› generally less likely to have felt calm and peaceful (66 percent)› nearly a third were regular smokers (31.3 percent)› fewer felt safe walking alone at night in their neighbourhood (55.7 percent)› relatively high participation in study or training (32.3 percent)› less than one-quarter hold a post-secondary school qualification (23.1 percent)› less likely to be satisfied with their knowledge, skills and attitude (79.5 percent)› significantly less likely to have an annual household income of greater than $70,000 (23.6 percent)› much less likely to be involved in paid employment (46.7 percent)› consistently less likely to be satisfied with their standard of living (64.3 percent)› among the least likely to do voluntary work for a group or organisation (22.7 percent)Today, thirty percent of all families with children are single parent families. This high proportion is the product of forty years of state subsidisation.Any young person looking at the four groups, asked to choose which they would like to belong to ‘when they grow up’, is going to avoid the one-parent group.It isn’t ‘compassionate’ to continue encouraging the single parent lifestyle. It isn’t kind to the mothers or their children. Any reasonable efforts to reverse the trend should be supported without question. read more