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October 2018 Newsletter

What’s New

Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., F.NSPE, as President of the Lower Hudson Valley Branch of ASCE, invites you to join the Value of Water Campaign in celebrating the 4th annual Imagine a Day Without Water on October 10th. From making coffee in the morning, to brushing our teeth or taking a shower, water is an important part of our everyday lives. However, with a “D” drinking water grade and a “D+” wastewater grade in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, our water infrastructure systems are in poor condition and are not receiving the attention they deserve.

Recent Projects

  • Consultation regarding construction safety regulations at a Queens, NY site
  • Evaluation of a hot water scalding accident at a Bronx, NY multi-family dwelling
  • Forensic engineering consultation regarding the partial collapse of a fire escape during renovations at a structure located in Manhattan

Bipartisan consensus on our human frailty: The ADA Amendments Act 10 years later

On September 9th The Hill reported “September 25, 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, an underappreciated civil rights law that dramatically expanded the number of Americans covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which is commonly referred to as “the ADA.”… Particularly in the current political climate, it is striking to note that this major expansion of civil rights law, which was the result of vigorous advocacy by the disability rights community and strong Democratic Party support, was signed into law by a Republican president, George W. Bush, with support from many Republicans in Congress”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to design, inspect, certify, and consult with clientele regarding ADA accessibility within and to their buildings and premises, and to consult with attorneys, insurance companies, property managers, and other property related professionals regarding such matters. Firm President, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., maintains his certification as a NYS Code Enforcement Official to ensure that we remain knowledgeable about the latest requirements, regulations, and standards regarding same.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

15-year-old girl dies after 5-story fall from Manhattan fire escape

On September 3rd WABC 7 NY reported that “a teenage girl died after she fell from the fire escape of an apartment building in Lower Manhattan…Police say (the) 15-year-old…was attending a party inside an apartment building on Reade Street in Tribeca…It appears she left her cell phone in a room that was locked just before 11 p.m…Authorities say (she) went onto the fire escape, attempting to reenter the apartment by going in another window, when she lost her balance and fell”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with property owners, property managers, contractors, inspectors, attorneys, insurance companies, and other related parties regarding the inspection, repair, maintenance, and construction of such structures, as well as to evaluate accidents which may occur at same.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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