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July 2013 Newsletter

What’s New

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is pleased to support the efforts of OSHA Region II in inviting you to participate in their Summer 2013 “Falls in Construction” Stand-Down event that is being held from June 24, 2013 to July 3, 2013.  For additional information, please contact our office or visit

Recent Projects

  • Forensic Engineering services regarding power-assisted vestibule doors at a national franchise restaurant location in New York City
  • Structural Engineering services for a registered architect regarding the alteration of a structure in Haverstraw, NY
  • Design services regarding the removal and replacement of entrance canopies and decks for a Cooperative association in Spring Valley, NY

Inadequate building codes and enforcement put people at risk

On May 12th Bridgette Meinhold of reported that the recent building collapse in Bangladesh that left more than 700 dead shows that the “construction industry in Bangladesh is broken”. Reports say that the garment factory was supposed to be built as a six-story building, but two more floors were added, and prior to the day of the collapse, cracks were found in the structure. “Hopefully, in the wake of this accident, the local government can revamp their process and begin truly enforcing the codes that were in place. Other countries and cities should also take heed — bad buildings kill,” Meinhold writes. 

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult on and provide Forensic Engineering services regarding matters involving building codes and code compliance.  Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., our firm president, is a NYS Certified Code Enforcement Official, and maintains his certification through annual state-mandated continuing education training on the Code.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters. 

5 Hurt When Balcony Collapses on Long Island

On June 4th reported that “five people were hurt when a balcony collapsed at a beachside building on Long Island. The second-floor deck collapsed onto the first floor of the Shore Road building in Long Beach. Fire Commissioner Scott Kemins attributed the collapse to a “mixture of structural failure as well as the live load on the balcony — five people, a barbecue, it was probably too much for the elderly balcony”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to design decks, as well as to inspect, certify, and oversee their installations, to assist in achieving code compliance and conformance with safe construction practices.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters. 

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