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May 2024 Newsletter

What’s New

The theme for this May’s Annual Building Safety Month is “Mission Possible“, and highlights how building safety is a personal, local, and global initiative. Please help us raise awareness on how these topics impact communities worldwide, and help spread the word for this year’s event!

Recent Projects

  • Forensic engineering evaluation of a slip and fall incident at a mixed use structure in Manhattan, including testing and measurement of the coefficient of friction of the subject floor surface
  • Site safety consultation at the sidewalks and parking lot of a Long Island, New York hospital
  • ADA and forensic engineering consultation at a Queens, NY retail premises

Tech goes to work on construction safety

On April 2nd Construction News reported that construction can be hazardous, but technology in various forms is being introduced to minimize the danger, particularly in situations that involve perilous heights. The article examines the safety contributions of robots, drones, virtual reality and telescopic booms that won’t operate unless safety lanyards are attached.

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.

Brick Facades Construction Advisory

On April 3rd The New York City Department of Buildings Building News reported that “facade collapses are one of the most common types of structural failures that can happen at a building, especially if these exterior walls are allowed to fall into disrepair…Property owners who have older brick masonry walls with the appearance of a running bond (no header courses visible) should be aware that they may have been built using concealed headers also known as diagonal, blind, or herringbone headers. This type of brick masonry construction was popular around the turn of the 19th century, and is commonly found in low-rise residential row houses and multiple dwellings…The use of these diagonal headers in historical construction has become an issue as these buildings continue to age. In recent years, DOB has responded to numerous instances of diagonal brick header failures. This type of failure can pose a serious hazard to members of the public. Building owners that have concerns about the condition of their buildings should contact a registered design professional to arrange an inspection”.  View the Construction Advisory here.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with property owners, those involved in the purchase or sale of properties, property managers, contractors, inspectors, and other related parties regarding the inspection, repair, maintenance, and construction of buildings. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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