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Cemusa - FOIL - Drawings - Deviations

Posted by JenB on Fri Mar 30 22:55:30 2012

There are 3300 Cemusa bus shelters and the information below applies to all of them. There are over 60 personal injury cases in Bronx, Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. The court papers are available for public to review. DOT and NYC Comptroller's office have a database for personal injuries that are related to Cemusa bus shelters. I am referring to E-2, INFs, S-1 tru S-10 structural drawings along with some other drawings that Cemusa submitted to DOT.

All this information (including the drawings) can be obtained by submitting FOIL requests. You can submit a foil asking for;

- personal injury cases
- drawings
- deviations
- all communications with respect to safety of bus shelters, newsstands and automatic public toilets
- structural calculations
- any reported (via e-mail or otherwise) incidents, illegal electrical and structural alterations etc etc.

It may take some time and persistence, but, eventually you'll get all you need from DOT and other NYC agencies.

I learned from FOIL documents that there were over 60 personal injury cases related to Cemusa's bus stop shelters against the New York City and DOT. Many of the injuries are due to shattering or falling components of the bus stops including large glass panels. Some of these panels weight more than 300 lb. As I have reported to DOT, Cemusa was aware of the defects. New York City should not be the responsible party in these suits in my opinion. Cemusa was given enough time to correct these deviations and repair these defective bus stops. Too many corners were cut without the knowledge of any professional engineer during the manufacturing and installation of these bus shelters. There was no oversight.

I wish that NY City would take action soon to prevent other personal injuries that may occur around Cemusa bus shelters.

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