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October 2021 Newsletter

What’s New

The New York City Council has enacted Local Law 74. This law mandates the replacement of those green wooden construction fences with chain link fences after two continuous years of stalled construction. Local Law 74 was conceived because wooden fences at stalled sites are often found in various conditions of disrepair and vandalism. The Law will go into effect on Friday, December 24, 2021.

Recent Projects

  • Forensic engineering consultation regarding a scalding accident involving a steam riser pipe in the bathroom of a multi-family dwelling unit in Brooklyn, NY
  • NYS Labor Law and Industrial Code Rule 23 consultation regarding an accident involving a vertical mast lift at a New York City construction site
  • Structural engineering consultation regarding failure concerns at the facade, foundation walls, roof, and terrace of a residential structure in Nyack, NY

Falling up: How to counteract the increase in deadly falls on construction sites

On September 20th The American Society of Safety Professionals reported that “each year, falls continue to be the leading cause of death in the construction industry, and deaths are steadily increasing. Construction work will always be dangerous, but these deaths are preventable. The onus is on employers to do everything possible to protect their workers”.  

Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., F.NSPE, as a Forensic Engineering consultantlicensed Professional Engineer, and State Certified Code Enforcement Official, has consulted on numerous construction site safety matters.  As a Past Chair of the National Society of Professional Engineers PE’s in Construction Interest Group, he has also helped to facilitate discussions between Professional Engineers across the country on such matters.  Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with building owners, operations managers, property managers, real estate developers, builders, attorneys, contractors, insurance professionals, adjusters, and other related parties regarding such construction site accidents and other site safety related issues. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

Specifying the correct weather-resistant barrier

On September 30th The International Code Council reported that “water intrusion comes with the potential for moisture-related issues like mold and rot in the building envelope. Since the elusive ‘waterproof wall’ is yet to be invented, specifiers must turn their attention to effective moisture management strategies to best protect wall assemblies. Weather-resistant barriers, also known as building wraps or house wraps, are one of the best building materials for controlling water, either through blocking rain from entering the wall cavity, allowing moisture vapor to move and escape the wall cavity, or draining bulk water away from the wall assembly. Read more“.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with clientele regarding water intrusion, leaks, weather-resistant and moisture barriers, and other weather-related potential damage within and to their buildings and premises, and to consult with attorneys, insurance companies, property managers, and other property related professionals regarding such matters.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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