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April 2024 Newsletter

What’s New

On March 13th, lohud reported on NY lawmakers push to expand travel access for those with disabilities via the the Traveling with Dignity Act. Please feel free to Contact Us with any questions you have on how this potential legislation may impact any projects or properties you may have or be contemplating.

Recent Projects

  • Forensic engineering evaluation of a New York City construction site accident involving a piston falling on a worker within an elevator shaft in violation of Labor Law Sections 200, 240(1), and 241(6), as well as various supporting provisions of Industrial Code Rule Sections 12 NYCRR 23
  • Structural engineering consulting services regarding a mixed use building in Orange County, NY
  • Structural engineering design of footing details for an indoor swimming pool in a Bergen County, NJ single family residential structure

Fall Prevention or Fall Protection? 5 Things to Consider

On March 11th The American Society of Safety Professional’s ASSP Weekly reported that “working at height is a known safety hazard. When determining the best way to protect a worker from the hazards of working at height, it’s important to consider fall prevention before fall protection…Fall prevention is especially critical in situations where fall arrest systems or other forms of PPE are ineffective or not typically used, such as potential falls of less than 15 feet…These types of falls are also alarmingly common — they represent nearly half of falls that result in injuries or death, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — yet are not often the focus of fall prevention or fall protection efforts”.

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.

EPA bans last form of asbestos used in United States

On March 18th CNN reported that “the US Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that it is taking a “historic” step by banning ongoing uses of asbestos, which has long been linked to multiple types of cancer…The agency’s announcement of the final rule applies to chrysotile asbestos, the only form of asbestos currently being used in or imported to the United States. It is the most common type of asbestos used in the world, used in car parts such as aftermarket automotive brakes and linings and other vehicle friction products and gaskets. It’s been banned in 50 other countries…While the use of asbestos has been declining for decades in the US, asbestos exposure is linked to more than 40,000 deaths in the US, according to the EPA”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to provide inspection and consulting services with regards to matters involving asbestos and other similar hazardous materials. Our firm president, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., F.NSPE is a Registered Professional Industrial Hygienist, a licensed Asbestos Inspector and Project Designer, and a Certified Environmental Inspector. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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