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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New York City Housing Authority on Hook for Trash Hoist Death

The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty work hard to represent those who have been hurt, or worse, in work accidents. But tragedies continue to happen. Toni Jackson, a 31 year old mother and New York City Housing Authority worker, was working on March 7 at the basement of a building at 3025 West 32nd Street, part of the Coney Island houses. She was found next to a trash compactor with massive head trauma that, police at the time said, was caused by a fall

On Monday, the state released the results of its investigation into her death, and found the kind of massive and "numerous unsafe and dangerous conditions" related to the mechanism. The building, as well as other NYCHA buildings, uses an improper hoist system to bring trash from the basement compactor up to street level. A previous report found an array of unsafe conditions with the hoist system, which was originally designed to bring ash cans from the incinerator to street level, such as a lack of safety mechanisms, an absence of worker training, poor repair, no inspection records for the hoist system, or any formal worker training for its use. The recommendation was the all of these hoist systems, since many of them at other NYCHA building suffered similar problems, should remain out of service.

The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty continue to help people who have been harmed during workplace accidents or against NYCHA. You can contact the attorneys for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at

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