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The Dukes of Structural Hazard

The Building Department now requires special inspectors to be responsible for reporting hazardous conditions.

Citing 1 RCNY101-06 Section (b) (9), Buildings Bulletin 2016-006 obligates special inspections agencies to report hazardous conditions and inspection discrepancies to construction teams for correction. If issues are not corrected, building owners must be informed. In the case of urgent hazards, special inspectors are expected to call 911.

Hazardous conditions encompass life safety and health issues, particularly as they relate to structural stability. The bulletin pinpoints structural stability sections BC 1704.20.1-5 as the most critical for inspectors. These are:

  1. Structural stability of existing buildings (BC 1704.20.1)
  2. Excavations (BC 1704.20.2)
  3. Underpinning (BC 1704.20.3)
  4. Demolition (BC 1704.20.4)
  5. Raising and moving of a building (BC 1704.20.5)

Building Code 1704.20.7.1 is the requirement for a structural monitoring plan. This plan outlines the nature of monitoring operations including scope, frequency, acceptable tolerances and reporting criteria.

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