2013-11-29 / Top Stories

NYC Buildings: Batten Down Your Hatches

With the National Weather Service forecasting high winds and heavy rains, the New York City Department of Buildings is reminding all builders, contractors, and property owners to secure their construction sites and buildings. The Department will also be performing random spot-check inspections of construction sites around the city. If sites are not safely secured, they will take immediate enforcement action with the issuance of violations and Stop Work Orders if necessary. With recovery and rebuilding work going on all over Rockaway and Broad Channel, the Buildings Department advise that to safeguard construction sites, builders, contractors and developers should take all precautionary measures including but not limited to the following:

Tie down and secure material and loose debris at construction sites.

Cover electrical equipment from exposure to the weather.

Store loose tools, oil cans and extra fuses in a tool box.

Secure netting, scaffolding and sidewalk sheds.

Suspend crane operations and secure crane equipment when wind speeds reach 30 mph or greater.

Suspend hoist operations and secure exterior hoists when wind speeds reach 35 mph or greater, unless manufacturer specifications state otherwise.

Brace and secure construction fences.

Call 911 if there is an emergency on a construction site.

They also advise that to secure their buildings, property owners should take all precautionary measures including but not limited to the following:

Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools and toys.

Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.

Close up and secure patio umbrellas.

Secure retractable awnings.

Remove aerial antennas and satellite television dishes.

Residents are encouraged to call 311 to report non-compliant conditions or 911 to report emergencies at construction sites or buildings.

They should also call 911 if they suspect a building or property has been structurally compromised.

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