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March 2014 Newsletter

What’s New

Recent changes to the 2009 edition of ANSI A117.1 affect potential obstructions to maneuvering clearances at doors.  Please contact our office if you require assistance with evaluating and/or accomplishing  
compliance with ANSI A117.1, ADA, or other applicable accessibility guidelines and requirements.

Recent Projects

  • Consultation regarding allegations of lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act at a Putnam County, NY school campus
  • Forensic Engineering services involving an accident which occurred on bleacher seating located at a school athletic field in Long Island, NY
  • Structural design services for the field modification of a modular structure located in New City, NY

Blocked flue blamed for deadly Long Island carbon monoxide leak

On February 24th ABC Local reported that “authorities say a blocked flue pipe caused the carbon monoxide leak that led to a restaurant manager’s death at the Walt Whitman Mall on Long Island” on February 22nd.  “Suffolk County police responded to the mall just after 6 p.m. after a worker collapsed and fell down a flight of stairs at the Legal Seafoods restaurant.  Police believe the worker was overcome by the gas and collapsed”.

Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, and is toxic to people when they are exposed to high concentrations of the gas.  While many of our readers may be aware of the dangerous effects that carbon monoxide exposure can have on people, they may not realize that carbon monoxide detection is actually required in some, but not all, buildings by code.  Further, simple observations of heating equipment flue configurations may provide a warning of potential risks of carbon monoxide drafting back into a building (i.e. – improper flue slopes and connections).  Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to provide inspection and consulting services with regards to matters involving carbon monoxide.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

Deck collapses underneath Indiana family as they pose for a picture 

A number of news outlets recently reported on the December collapse of a deck as 24 family members were posing for a picture at a community clubhouse. was among the websites publishing a narrative account of the story, while published a video story about the event.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. staff regularly attend seminars offered by leading deck connector manufacturers in order to remain knowledgeable and aware of the latest available products to secure these types of structures.  We have decades of experience working with decks and structures of various types, including inspections for deficient connections and safety concerns, design services for new structures, and the certification of existing structures to municipal building departments for structures constructed without applicable building department permits (which seems to occur all too often with decks).  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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