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Scaffolding accident in lower Manhattan leaves several injured

On Sunday, several New Yorkers were injured after a scaffolding collapse in lower Manhattan. Fortunately, there were dozens of people nearby that pitched in to help free those trapped under the debris. The FDNY reports that all five of those injured were transported to Bellevue -- although many were surprised that there were not more people injured.

According to a report by the New York Post, FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph Lonino said the accident occurred at 11:40 a.m. after the wind blew over a shed that was holding up the scaffolding. Lonino said that exterior panels of plywood paneling on the scaffolding acted as sails in the high winds, which eventually blew the shed over.

The opioid crisis is getting worse -- but who is to blame?

The current opioid epidemic is affecting every corner of the nation. In fact, The New Yorker recently reported that two hundred thousand people in the United States have died from opioid overdoses since 1999.

In New York City alone, more than 80 percent of the city's 1,374 overdose deaths in 2016 were linked to opioids, according to the New York City Department of Health. Even worse, overdose deaths in NYC increased an alarming 47 percent in one year from 2015 to 2016 -- and this year isn't looking any better.

5 things you can do to help protect your family from fires

Unfortunately, it is impossible to guarantee that a fire will never impact you or your family, especially since you may not be able to control many of the situations that give rise to dangerous house fires, including faulty wiring and defective appliances, just to name a few.

However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't do everything possible to reduce the risk of injury to yourself and your family should a fire tragically occur in your home. Some of the steps you can take to improve your home's fire safety include:

New court rule reminds NY prosecutors of their duty to hand over evidence

In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled in Brady v. Maryland that prosecutors are required to provide defendants with any evidence that may be considered favorable to the accused. This means that prosecutors are supposed to turn over every piece of evidence that may cast doubt on the individual's guilt, no matter how slim.

Despite this ruling, however, "Brady violations" -- situations in which the prosecution fails to turn over required evidence -- still occur, and often lead to wrongful convictions. In fact, the New York State Bar Association maintains that Brady violations are among the leading causes of wrongful convictions, as recently reported by the The New York Times. Some estimates even indicate that nearly 40 percent of past exonerations in New York State involved the wrongful withholding of Brady material.

Given the issues associated with Brady violations, it is probably no surprise that a new rule was recently announced that will hopefully help fix the problem.

NYC construction accidents: Is workers' comp enough?

Construction is hard, dangerous work that requires a great deal of courage. The recent string of catastrophic accidents on New York City job sites serves as a reminder that construction work is not for the faint of heart.

When a worker is injured on the job, his or her employer's workers' compensation insurance can kick in to cover certain medical expenses and make up for a portion of his or her lost wages. But, are these benefits significant enough for the injured worker and his or her family? In many cases, they aren't -- not by a long shot.

Man freed after 23 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit -- and gets $0

More than two decades ago, a Kansas man named Lamonte McIntyre was arrested, charged and wrongfully convicted of a 1994 double homicide -- a crime he did not commit. However, after the state of Kansas stole 23 years of his life, he was freed just last week following his exoneration.

So, can you guess just how much Kansas is required to pay a man who has wrongfully lost more than half of his life behind bars? The answer: absolutely nothing.

3 reasons why people confess to crimes they didn't commit

If you think only guilty people confess to crimes, you couldn't be more wrong. In fact, innocent individuals are often convicted after they provide police with false confessions.

Just how common are false confessions? A lot more common than many people know. For instance, according to the Innocence Project, more than 25 percent of wrongful conviction victims who were later exonerated by DNA evidence originally made a false confession to police.

These fire-related statistics are alarming

Whether they occur at home or work, few tragedies can impact your life as much as a serious fire -- especially when it results in serious burn-related injuries to you or a loved one.

While many people think it will never happen to them, the sad reality is that fires occur far more often than many people know, resulting in countless burn injuries and thousands of deaths every year in the United States. In fact, according to the most recent information provided by the U.S. Fire Administration -- a part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) -- there were 3,362 fire deaths in 2015 alone.

City Council passes safety training bill for construction workers

The New York City Council has unanimously passed Intro 1447, a bill requiring most construction workers to take 40 hours of safety training. A major holdup had been the concern that many immigrant and low-income day laborers would be shut out of the construction trades by the requirement.

The new bill -- the third version -- added $5 million towards affordability and access. In addition, workers can remain employed until December 2018 or later as long as they complete at least 10 hours of the training by March 2018.

2 different construction workers fell to their deaths on Thursday

Two workers were killed and another was injured in separate fall accidents on the same day last week in Manhattan. The tragedies prompted a call by Queens Assemblyman Francisco Moya for the swift passage of a bill he is sponsoring, known as "Carlos' Law."

The first worker was killed in the morning while he was working on a residential high rise being built on Maiden Lane in the financial district. He fell from the 29th floor to a part of the building close to street level, according to authorities. He was a 43-year-old Ecuadoran native with five children.

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