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December 2023 Newsletter

What’s New

NYC Local Law 154 of 2021 goes into effect on January 1st, 2024. In the first stage of implementation, Local Law 154 prohibits the use of fossil fuels for heating, hot water, cooking and other appliances in all newly constructed 1- and 2-family homes, and in all newly constructed buildings less than seven stories tall. New York City’s building electrification law will be phased in over the next several years, eventually prohibiting fossil fuel hookups in all new building construction in New York City.

Recent Projects

  • Structural engineering design services associated with modifications to a load-bearing wall during renovations of a single home located in Westchester County, NY
  • Structural engineering consultation regarding foundation wall and basement slab failure concerns at a single family home located in Rockland County, NY
  • Structural engineering consulting and design services associated with the renovation of a single family home located in Westchester County, NY

Top 5 causes of construction lawsuits

Understanding the common causes of cost disputes and overruns can help contractors avoid them, according to the latest Crux report.

On November 13th ConstructionDive reported that “infrastructure and capital projects are being hit hard by rising financing costs, inflation and expensive lawsuits, but the latter issue is one builders have some power to mitigate. Contractors can empower themselves by understanding the causes of cost disputes and overruns, and curb the losses of money and time these conflicts routinely incur…

In the Americas, the top causes of conflict on a project were:

  1. Changes in scope.
  2. Incorrect design.
  3. Deficiencies in workmanship.
  4. Unforeseen physical conditions.
  5. Incomplete design.”

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.

Fall Protection Again Tops the List of OSHA Violations

On November 16th The American Society of Safety Professional’s Standards Update reported that “fall protection violations again topped OSHA’s Top 10 list. The agency recorded 7,271 violations in FY 2023. Also making the top five: hazard communication, ladders, scaffolding and forklifts”.

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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