Sunday, June 15, 2008

CONSTRUCTION CRACKDOWN

By SALLY GOLDENBERG, NY Post

June 13, 2008 -- In the wake of two fatal crane accidents and the abrupt departure of city Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster, the city is requiring that details of all construction-related injuries and deaths be posted on the Department of Buildings' Web site.

And under a separate measure, the agency will have to alert the state to all disciplinary action taken against architects and engineers.

Each measure was unanimously passed by the City Council yesterday with the support of Mayor Bloomberg, who is seeking to quell a storm of criticism over a dramatic spike in construction-site deaths - 16 so far this year, compared to 12 in all of 2007.

"We're taking an important step forward today to improve reporting within the Department of Buildings, to improve information that the public has about the Department of Buildings, and to crack down on folks who act inappropriately and potentially misuse licenses that are granted by the state," said Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan).

The bill, which would take effect within four months, would mandate the Web posting of the number of fatalities, injuries and accidents at every construction site, the type of work under way at those locations and the violations issued.

3 comments:

Taxpayer said...

Wow! DOB will "report" on its website all construction deaths and injuries. So, Commissar Death wants us to believe that, by this, the developers will be afraid to bribe DOB inspectors to overlook violations.

Local and national coverage by TV, Newspapers and radio has been so lacking, that Commissar Death would have us believe that an entry in a Web site will stun the industry into compliance?

Is he that utterly stupid? Or have developers paid him so much that he will do and say anything to cover up?

" ... who is seeking to quell a storm of criticism over a dramatic spike in construction-site deaths - 16 so far this year, compared to 12 in all of 2007." That's 28 deaths in 18 months. Is the Commissar on a quota?

The true reason for the new "laws" is to quell the storm of criticism. And the lickspittles in the City Council will be calling this a triumph.

How trite. How trivial!

Anonymous said...

For the DOB and the Mayor to gain some credibility. The Mayor and the DOB need to culminate some of their "so-called" ongoing investigations and prosecute Mr. Huang.

Anonymous said...

End "self-cert" now!

And pull Scarano's license immediately!

He's got the biggest body count
in NYC on his job sites!