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Old 05-07-2009, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Default Do Any New Yorkers Fear Getting Hit On The Head From Falling Objects?

Whenver I visit NYC I always have this fear that something is going to fall down from a building I'm walking by some day, like during a big windstorm.
In Toronto, a couple years ago, a marble tile let loose from a 72-story building there, but no one was injured. I'm more fearful of walking near high-rise apartments with balconies.

Obviously, that fear can't be that great, as I haven't seen anybody walking the streets there with hard-hats.

When and if these incidents occur, is it all kept quiet or do you read about it in the newspapers, particularly if someone was gravely injured?
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:41 PM
 
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When I read your thread title, it made me actually stop and think, Wow -- I've lived here a long time and I've never ever worried about that.

I can't remember hearing of many (if any) incidents like that on the news. Which is kind of amazing, now that I think about.

Of course, now tomorrow I'll be on my way to work ...
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:57 PM
 
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Especially in the last couple years, I was always nervous walking near/under those roof-top construction cranes.....
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:08 PM
 
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I thought about when 6 foot icicles formed outside my office in January of this year. Granted my office is on the 2nd floor, but what could happen if one were to fall from 100 feet?

Last edited by runtothesun; 05-07-2009 at 10:09 PM.. Reason: force = mass x acceleration
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica
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Kids were dropping eggs and other foods out the window trying to hit people on my street the other night. Could just as easily drop bricks if they're demented enough. I've thought about it before but I don't worry about it, it's just part of NYC life and not worth being paranoid over. Of course, be careful at construction sites.
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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I once read in the newspaper that a man died while walking on a sidewalk in manhattan from a falling air conditioner,what are the odds of something like that happening?
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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I once read in the newspaper that a man died while walking on a sidewalk in manhattan from a falling air conditioner,what are the odds of something like that happening?
I too heard of someone( a little kid) who got killed by an A/C in The Bronx.
I knew someone who got hit on the head with the glass table top that blew off a balcony. Dead.
Once,I saw a big glass coke bottle blow off a window sill and smash into a sidewalk.No one was hurt but someone got hit in the leg by a piece of the shrapnel.

Over the years,I have heard of or seen on TV numerous incidents like this.I think it is more common than you would think.
Here is one I googled :http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/read/13430
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:46 AM
 
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I've always thought about the AC thing. Nobody actually has brackets holding their window AC in NYC. They just haul it up there and close the window on it.
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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Because there were a lot of injuries from falling air conditioners there was a law passed 3 or 4 years ago with a specified type of bracket that must be used for widow air conditioners.The city has been cracking down lately and issuing violations and fines.I live in a coop and the board cracked the whip so that our building is in full compliance.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Few years ago a flower pot came crashing down a few feet from me.
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