Wednesday, May 14, 2008

An Alarming Statistic

I read recently where the number of New York City construction projects halted for safety violations has grown to 79% since January, 2008. That's quite a jump. There is debate as to whether those stop work orders are based upon the existence of actual, dangerous conditions or very minor infractions involving paperwork and the like. Apparently, some believe that the New York City Department of Buildings has become exceedingly paranoid after several high-profile accidents (e.g., the recent crane disaster). Owners and contractors complain that the resulting delays are costing them millions of dollars. If there are, in fact, safety issues that must be addressed, then it's time to take action to ensure the safety of workers and the public. On the other hand, if the stop work orders are based on ministerial issues, they may need to be revisited. In either event, guess who will pay ultimately?

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