Amazing that an isolated incident where a drugged out man walked into a Jamaica mosque and attacked two people brings out local politicians in full force (http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2016/18/jmcassault_2016_04_29_q.html), yet the continuous dangerous illegal truck driving on Jamaica residential streets which pose both safety, health and noise issues and need is say again ILLEGAL, they are nowhere to be found. Wonder if it was a drugged out white man in a black Jamaica church or a drugged out black man in a white church, would they come out. Regardless, where are they on this continuous ILLEGAL TRUCK DRIVING situation, especially by private waste trucks like Royal Waste, which is located right in the middle of downtown Jamaica near residents, Keith Williams Park (directly across the street) and a NYCHA senior citizens apartment building.
And speaking of Royal Waste and other polluting waste stations and companies. Maybe Jamaica BID, GJDC and Jamaica Now Action Plan would like to put this in their materials and highlight how wonderful Jamaica is and the companies here. I mean if these companies do not even care about their own employees, you think they give a shit about the residents of Jamaica. SO WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU SO-CALLED LEADERS?
Private sanitation companies in the city are rife with dangerous and illegal conditions that injure and sometimes kill their workers, advocates charged in a new report.
The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health found the for-profit companies, which cart away commercial trash, routinely break rules and force employees to work with faulty equipment and no training — and a whopping 71% of workers surveyed said they’d been injured on the job.
A spate of fatalities documented by the group were caused by equipment that lacked required safeguards, and employees who were instructed to watch and follow what other workers were doing instead of being given any training.
“These workers were employed by companies that had no regard for their lives, companies whose violations of safety and health regulations are nothing less than criminal,” said Charlene Obernauer, executive director of NYCOSH. “But they’re still operating. Many of them still have their licenses.”
In one case, a worker at Regal Recycling Company in Queens was killed when he was hit by the bucket of a front end loader in 2005. Less than four years later, three employees at the same company were killed when they were overcome and asphyxiated by hydrogen sulfide gas.
A driver for Chambers Paper Fibers Corporation was killed by his runaway truck, which lacked a park gear, and a helper at Flag Container Services was killed when a dumpster fell on him from a truck with a defective latching mechanism. A 64-year-old sorter at Cooper Tank Recycling died from excessive heat exposure.
“These fatalities and other injuries … were not accidents. They were unnecessary, they were foreseeable, and they were preventable,” said report author Dave Newman. “In each of these cases, an employer failed to comply with legally required measures and with industry standards to keep workers safe from harm.”
Sydney Marthone, a former worker at Five Star carting, said he had pieces of his fingers sliced off while riding on the back of a truck, and now his boss is resisting paying workers compensation. “I was hurt at work, and now I can’t pay my bills,” he said.