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May 2019 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 theme is No Code, No Confidence.

Recent Projects

  • Forensic engineering consultation regarding parking lot design and safety for a shopping center located in Long Island, NY
  • Evaluation of building code compliance for a revolving egress door at a multi-family residential structure in New York, NY
  • Forensic engineering evaluation regarding worker safety at a medical facility in Brooklyn, NY

Newly released ISO report provides insights how building codes can help prevent losses from disasters

On April 14th the New York State Building Officials Conference announced that a copy of the National Building Code Assessment Report for 2019 is available for download. “The ISO report…examines the code enforcement efforts of more than 25,000 building departments in the United States and offers key insights into how building codes can help prevent losses from disasters. The report was developed by the ISO and its Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule team, which assesses building codes in effect and grades communities on both code adoption and enforcement”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. makes it a priority to remain aware and knowledgeable of ongoing building code updates and similar regulatory changes so that we can incorporate same into our designs and inform our clientele of such new regulations which might affect their properties. Firm President, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., F.NSPE, maintains his certification as a NYS Code Enforcement Official to ensure same.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

Guidelines for Scaffolding Safety

On April 18th The American Society of Safety Professionals reported that “incidents involving scaffolding account for 4,500 workplace injuries and 50 deaths per year. In addition, scaffolding is consistently among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violations…These statistics emphasize the need to construct, assemble and disassemble scaffolding materials safely. ANSI/ASSP A10.8-2019, Scaffolding Safety Requirements, establishes safety requirements for the construction, operation and use of scaffolds used in the construction, alteration, demolition and maintenance of buildings and structures”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with our clients, including building and unit owners, property managers, employers, real estate developers, builders, attorneys, contractors, insurance professionals, adjusters, building superintendents, and other related parties on workplace safety matters, including scaffolding safety. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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