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September 2017 Newsletter

What’s New

The NYS Fire Prevention and Building Code Council recently adopted rules that amend the NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the State Energy Conservation Construction Code. On and after October 31, 2017, the Uniform Code will include the 2015 I-Codes, as amended by the 2017 Uniform Code Supplement.

Recent Projects

  • Certification of code compliance for municipal filing for alterations made to a structure located in Orangetown, NY without municipal inspection and approval
  • Forensic engineering consultation regarding a domestic hot water scalding claim in Suffolk County, NY
  • ADA compliance evaluation for a retail store located in New York City

Nailed Ledgers the Cause of Most Deck Collapses

On August 3rd International Code Council eNews reported  that “a series of recent deck collapses that resulted in more than 50 injuries underscores the importance of thorough inspections of existing decks, says Virginia Tech Professor Emeritus Frank Woeste…(who) has followed deck collapses since 2002 and thinks that 90 percent of deck collapses are caused by a failed — usually nailed — ledger connection”.Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with property owners, property managers, contractors, inspectors, and other related parties regarding the inspection, repair, maintenance, and construction of such structures.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

Struck-by Hazards Are a Leading Cause of Fatal, Nonfatal Construction Injuries, CPWR Says

On August 14th ASSE Weekly reported that “struck-by hazards were a leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in construction from 2011 to 2015, says a new quarterly data report from The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR)…The most struck-by injuries, with 804 incidents, occurred in the construction industry, the report says, followed by the agriculture industry with 727 incidents. According to the report, between 2011 and 2015, struck-by injuries increased by 2.5%”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with building and unit owners, property managers, employers, real estate developers, builders, attorneys, contractors, insurance professionals, adjusters, building superintendents, and other related parties regarding such site safety matters. Our firm’s staff has been recognized as an expert in these fields, and has provided “expert witness” testimony on such matters in courts located in various states. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters

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