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September 2021 Newsletter

What’s New

All too often, we are retained to investigate a worksite accident involving the use of a grinder without a protective safety guardNYS Labor Laws and Industrial Code Rule 23 specifically require that such power-driven hand tools be equipped and used with appropriate safety guards in place. We were excited to recently learn that a prominent equipment manufacturer is claiming to have developed the “first in concept” handheld grinder with a non-removable guard in order to address this issue.

Recent Projects

  • Forensic engineering consultation regarding the collapse of a ceiling during a renovation project in a Manhattan, NY multiple dwelling structure
  • Accessibility consultation regarding the installation of an ADA access ramp at a Queens, NY premises
  • Structural engineering analysis of snow load induced damage to a residential structure in Long Island, NY

Building codes support disaster preparedness and resilience

On August 9th The International Code Council reported that “building codes and standards have long been a silent partner in the health, safety and welfare of communities and are becoming increasingly more important in society. Today’s leaders face a multitude of risks, including extreme weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding, drought and wildfires as well as global risks from communicable disease outbreaks and environmental change…Building codes and standards continue to provide a safe structural foundation for communities as a trusted and proven resource and are regularly evolving to meet the challenges of these dynamic threats”.  The importance of such protections became even more apparent this week with the landfall of Hurricane Ida in the United States.  

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

You just bought a house: Here are 13 key questions to ask the prior homeowner

On August 16th C|NET reported that “it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of buying a new home. You’re laser-focused on closing the deal and getting moved in. In the era of COVID-19 and contactless transactions, you may not even have to meet the seller in person. But a quick conversation with the prior owner can have a lot of benefits. After all, who knows the quirks of your new home better than them?…Before rushing the seller out of the door, ask some questions about your new home”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with those involved in the purchase or sale of properties, property managers, contractors, inspectors, and other related parties regarding the inspection, repair, maintenance, and construction of buildings. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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