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November 2022 Newsletter

What’s New

In late October 2022, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., F.NSPE assisted one of our clients in achieving a winning verdict in a Labor Law 240(1) case in the Southern District of New York by establishing that an A-frame ladder provided adequate protection from risk of injury at an elevated height, was an enumerated safety device under New York Labor Law Section 240(1), and was self-supporting and stable, without a need to be secured by a co-worker.

Recent Projects

  • Forensic engineering consultation regarding multiple accidents at a New York City amusement park
  • Structural engineering consultation regarding concerns at a Westchester County, NY residential structure
  • Forensic engineering consultation regarding regarding Labor Law 200 and 240(1) claims regarding an accident at a New York City construction site

Upcoming Changes in the 2022 NYC Construction Codes

On October 27th The New York City Department of Buildings Building News Update reported “the 2022 Construction Codes go into effect on Monday, November 7, 2022. This comprehensive revision to the Codes contains over 600 major updates, and thousands of smaller changes, intended to improve safety for our fellow New Yorkers, and incorporate the latest in building materials, technologies and strategies for increased resiliency…Major upcoming changes include when a Construction Superintendent is required on a permitted work site, and which jobs now require new special inspections”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. makes it a priority to remain aware and knowledgeable of ongoing building code and industry safety updates, and other 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 and projects. 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.

Delivering safety training for Gen Z will require explaining the why

On October 12th Risk & Insurance reported that “Generation Z, people born between 1997 and 2012, will soon surpass millennials as the most populous generation in businesses. As Gen Z enters the workforce, they face the challenges common to all young workers and familiar to managers, as well as some new factors to contend with in the workplace… In his 25 years of experience, Edward Sowers, risk management service specialist, Central & South region for Amerisure Insurance, has found this generation to be in need of new training techniques that incorporate instant feedback and on-demand learning…“Maintaining younger workers’ attention while conducting safety training is especially important because some younger workers may have a shorter attention span and tend to intake information in short bursts,” said Sowers…. “Additionally, it is important to ensure that the younger generation understands the ‘why’ behind the safety policies and procedures, as opposed to simply communicating the information because it’s policy or because OSHA says so.”

Injury Rates Among Young Workers
As with other generations, it is generally accepted that Gen Z workers have higher rates of injury compared to their older counterparts”.

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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