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August 2013 Newsletter

What’s New

NYC project sites with construction fences or sidewalk sheds permitted on or after July 1, 2013 must meet new signage requirements that emphasize the type of work underway and highlight the project’s contact information. Additional information regarding compliance requirements, exemptions, and design requirements is available on the NYC Department of Buildings website.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of structural failure concerns at a Harriman, NY commercial property
  • Forensic Engineering services regarding a construction site accident which occurred in Saratoga County, NY
  • Evaluation of drainage conditions at a Kingston, NY shopping center

Woman on first date plunges to her death off 17th-floor balcony

August 1st CNN reported that “a 35-year-old woman on a first date plummeted to her death early Thursday morning when she fell from the balcony of her 17th floor New York City apartment”.  She “went outside on her balcony around 12:50 a.m. Thursday to talk and smoke a cigarette with her date when the balcony’s railing broke, according to police.  It’s unclear whether (she) leaned on the balcony, causing it to give way”. 

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to inspect, specify repairs for, and design balconies, decks, and their respective railings, as well as to certify code compliance of same for municipal building department filings.  We are also available to inspect the safety of decks, balconies, and railings for safety and proper maintenance to assist in minimizing the likelihood of such tragic failures.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters. 

Kitchens Can Produce Hazardous Levels of Indoor Pollutants

On July 23rd Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reported that “Kitchen stoves cause just as much air pollution as common outdoor pollutants and indoor air pollution from cooking may be as hazardous to people, according to new research…The study found that grilling and frying foods with gas and electric appliances creates particulate matter. Burners produce ultrafine particles by volatilizing dust. These particles are potentially very harmful because they can enter the lungs and smaller particles can enter the bloodstream or other tissues. The researchers also found that the most common device for mitigating kitchen-related indoor air problems—range hoods—vary widely in performance”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult on ventilation systems, and can also team with air quality laboratory technicians to evaluate air pollution concerns.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters. 

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