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May 2009 Newsletter

What’s New

This week has been designated as 2009 Building Safety Week which reminds us to practice safety “Where You Live, Work & Play”.  The International Code Council, which wrote the model building code upon which NY State has based its current building code, provides a list of interesting and appropriate links on its website in honor of the occasion.  Our firm is proud to be a supporter of this annual safety initiative, and to be a member of this important organization.

Recent Projects

  •  Evaluation of the heating, electric, and gas distribution systems in a NYC office building in order to provide an “expert opinion” in a Landlord-Tenant dispute
  • Consultation regarding the proper method of installation for mailbox clusters in a CT apartment building
  • Evaluation of a newly paved bank parking lot in Rockland County for allegedly hazardous conditions

Engineer tests Yonkers apartment tower after facade collapse.

The Yonkers Building Department issued a violation to the owner of a Riverdale Avenue high-rise complex, after a portion of the brick facade came down injuring a 63 year old man.  In its violation, the Building Department ordered the owner of the building to test the soundness of the brick facade and to install a sidewalk bridge and a protective screen over the front of the building to protect pedestrians.  In the past two years the city of Yonkers has been working to identify dangerous facades in aging masonry buildings.

On April 28, 2009, ran an article summarizing this incident.  Please click here to read the article.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to inspect and assess the condition of facades in order to help its clientele minimize the likelihood of such accidents at their buildings.  We are also able to produce design documents to repair building external envelope conditions found to be deficient.  Please contact our office if we can be assistance to you or your clients. 

Iowa OSHA Fines Andrews Prestressed Concrete Over Worker’s Death.

On April 22, 2009, the AP reported that the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Bureau fined Andrews Prestressed Concrete, which “makes structural concrete including bridge beams, pilings and deck panels,” over “$357,000 for an accident that killed a Latimer (IA) man” who “died on Jan. 27 after he fell into a metal hopper…and was trapped in sand”.  According to the citation, “employees at the company were exposed to a 12-feet deep, open hopper that wasn’t protected by guardrails.  The citation also indicated that the company was cited in December, 2006 for the same violation”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available toprovide consulting services for workplace and construction site safety to assist in eliminating such hazards and to minimize the likelihood of such accidents.  Please contact our office if we can be assistance to you or your clients. 

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