From the Department of Buildings:
BUILDINGS COMMISSIONER ROBERT LIMANDRI ORDERS ALL CONSTRUCTION WORK IN NEW YORK CITY SUSPENDED THIS WEEKEND DUE TO IMPACTS OF HURRICANE IRENEBuildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today ordered all work at construction sites in New York City suspended as of 2 p.m. Saturday, August 27 to 7 a.m. Monday, August, 29, 2011, due to the severe weather conditions expected from Hurricane Irene. All previously issued construction permits, as well as after-hours variances and temporary place of assembly permits, are suspended during this time period. This excludes work related to safeguarding construction sites or damage repair work related to the storm. The National Weather Service is forecasting the hurricane will reach the City by early Sunday, bringing heavy rains, storm surges in low-lying areas and strong winds. The severe weather is expected to last between 12 and 18 hours.
Department inspectors are currently performing inspections of construction sites throughout the City to ensure all equipment is secured and will be conducting additional inspections over the weekend to enforce the no-work order. If sites are not safely secured, inspectors will take immediate enforcement action with the issuance of violations and other necessary actions in coordination with other City agencies.
All builders, contractors and property owners must take steps to secure their construction sites and buildings, which includes cranes, suspended and supported scaffolding, hoists and any other building appurtenances that may come loose under heavy winds and rain. Structures that have been subject to deferred maintenance or in delicate condition could be at greater risk. The Department strongly suggests consulting a professional to advise how to safely secure construction sites and buildings.
To secure 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.
- Secure all crane equipment.
- Secure all exterior hoists.
- Brace and secure construction fences.
- Secure all windows.
- Call 9-1-1 if there is an emergency on a construction site.