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May 2021 Newsletter

What’s New

We hope that you will join us again this May in recognizing Building Safety Month, an international campaign celebrated each year to raise awareness about building safety. This year’s weekly themes are Energy & InnovationTraining the Next GenerationWater Safety, and Disaster Preparedness.

Recent Projects

  • Forensic engineering consultation regarding safety glazing requirements for a shower door installation in Long Island, NY
  • Building code compliance certification for alterations at a residential dwelling structure located in Rockland County, NY
  • Forensic engineering consultation regarding alleged damage caused by adjacent construction site activities for a project site located in the New York City borough of Queens

What building owners want from AEC firms

On April 9th Building Design & Construction opined that “a familiar, if time-worn, cliché depicts owner-developers as cost obsessed and hostile to regulations, genuflecting at the altar of value engineering and choosing architects, engineers, and contractors on their track records for delivering projects within budgets so tight they squeak…Owners, understandably, don’t see themselves that way. A more nuanced picture emerges from BD+C’s inaugural survey of owner-developers about what they expect from their AEC partners. Sure, cost control is a primary consideration for any project. And some owners voiced their frustrations at finding collaborative teams that listen to their cost concerns—and problem-solve accordingly…Owners who responded to the survey also indicate they lean toward AEC teams that will expose them to new products, innovations, and delivery methods that make a building’s construction and operations more efficient. Energy management, occupant health, and wellness are priorities that owners expect AEC partners to integrate into their designs and engineering”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. makes it a priority to remain aware and knowledgeable of new product developments, ongoing building code and industry updates, and other industry innovations so that we can incorporate same into our designs and keep our clientele informed of same which might affect their properties. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

Preventing Struck-by Injuries in Construction: Lift Zone Safety

On April 12th the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted in their NIOSH Science Blog that “emphasis has been placed on the prevention of (struck-by incidents) because they are the number one cause of injury and number two cause of death in the construction industry. In 2019, 32.8% of nonfatal injuries resulting in days away from work in construction were caused by contact with an object or equipment. Stuck-by incidents encompass a variety of events from objects falling from unprotected edges to worker/machine impacts. In the construction industry, cranes are a central component of many operations which introduce hazards that may lead to struck-by incidents”.

Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., F.NSPE, as an OSHA certified Forensic Engineering consultant, and as a Past Chair of the National Society of Professional Engineers PE’s in Construction Interest Group, has helped to facilitate discussions between Professional Engineers across the country on important matters such as safety in both industry and construction. As a licensed Professional EngineerState Certified Code Enforcement Official, and OSHA certified professional, Mr. Yarmus is credentialed to consult on site safety and incident investigation matters.  Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with business owners, operations managers, property managers, real estate developers, builders, attorneys, contractors, insurance professionals, adjusters, and other related parties regarding site safety issues.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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