Take preventive actions and precautionary measures to secure construction sites
When New York City experiences adverse weather such as high winds and wind gusts, the New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB) advises all property owners, generator contractors, crane operators, and other stakeholders to take preventive actions and precautionary measures to secure construction sites, equipment and materials — in advance of weather events to safeguard the general public and labor force.
Conduct random spot-check inspections of construction sites
In order to enforce compliance and ensure weather safety, the New York City Department of Buildings conduct random spot-check inspections of construction sites across the city, to ensure that equipment and materials, such as cranes and hoists, are properly secured. Accordingly, if construction sites are not properly secured, the Department of Buildings can take immediate enforcement actions and issue stop work orders, where necessary.
Must consider the safety of buildings and construction sites
NYC DOB highlights how property owners, generator contractors, crane operators, and other stakeholders must consider the safety of buildings and construction sites, “…including cranes, suspended and supported scaﬀolding, hoists, and any other building appurtenances that may come loose from exposure to high winds.” Building structures subject to deferred maintenance or in delicate condition generally pose greater safety risks.
8 Precautionary Measures for Weather Safety on Construction Sites
- 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.
Report non-compliance and emergencies at construction sites
Call 311 to report building non-compliance. Call 911 to report construction emergencies. The City of New York encourages residents to call 311 to report non-compliant conditions or 911 to report emergencies at construction sites or buildings. By law under §28-301.1 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, property owners are legally obligated to maintain properties in a safe condition.
(Source: New York City Department of Buildings)
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