Construction Industry Foiled in Its Attempt to Avoid Complying with New York City’s Regulations Governing Cranes, Derricks and Hoisting Equipment

In Steel Institute of New York v. City of New York, the Steel Institute of New York, advancing the interests of the construction industry, sued the City of New York challenging local statutes and regulations that govern the use of cranes, derricks, and other hoisting equipment in construction and demolition. The Steel Institute argued that they are preempted by … Read the rest

NYC Buildings Department Holds Hearing on Proposed Rules Implementing Stringent Requirements for Department-Approved Courses as Part of License Qualification

A number of provisions of the Administrative Code of the City of New York and the Rules of the City of New York require that individuals in the construction trades take department-approved courses as part of trade license qualification, license renewal and worker training. The New York City Buildings Department is proposing new rules implementing tougher requirements for such courses … Read the rest

Neighbors Attempt to Make Rollerblading on Their Dangerous Property “At Your Own Risk” Fails

In Custodi v. Town of Amherst, 2012 WL 5305789 (October 30, 2012), the plaintiff broke her hip when she tripped and fell while rollerblading in her residential neighborhood. She fell as she attempted to rollerblade from the sidewalk into the street when one of her skates allegedly struck a two-inch height differential where the edge of defendants’ driveway met … Read the rest

New York City Council Moves to Expand Regulation of Pedicabs to Avoid Rate Gouging

Approximately two years ago the New York City Council imposed comprehensive regulations upon pedicabs which had been operating with almost no rules and endangering the safety of riders, pedestrians and others. The closest those regulations came to controlling pedicab rates was requiring that a rate card be posted, but not limiting how much could be charged. But with a Texas … Read the rest

Think the Elevator in Your Building is the Worst in New York City?

Maybe so, but can you brag that yours is one of the ten worst elevator offenders in New York City? If you want to know, go to the website of the New York City Buildings Department, you can find a list of ten of the top offenders who will be pursued under the Department’s Elevator Enforcement Program. The list is … Read the rest

Should New York City Require Elevator Inspectors to Be Licensed?

Your first reaction may be, “You mean right now they’re not?!” Yet it’s true. But after three elevator accidents, two of them fatal, in six months, the City Council is considering licensing elevator mechanics for the first time. Council officials say most people do not realize the mechanics that fix the elevators are not licensed. The city’s building commissioner supports … Read the rest

New York City Buildings Department Releases 2011 Annual Report

The 2011 Annual Report, released last month, touts New York City as the nation’s safest big city in 2011. 2011 marked a near-historic low number of fire fatalities, a 10th consecutive year of fewer than 600 murders, a record-breaking low number of traffic deaths — and an 18% decrease in construction-related accidents, which follows an almost 28% reduction in 2010 … Read the rest

Construction-Related Accidents Decreased By 18 Percent In 2011 Even As Construction Permits Increased Across New York City

There was an 18 percent decrease in construction-related accidents in New York City for 2011, despite a 7.7 percent increase in the issuance of construction permits citywide. Construction-related injuries also decreased across the City last year – falling from 165 reported accidents in 2010 to 152 in 2011, a reduction of 7.8 percent. In total, there were five construction-related fatalities … Read the rest

New York City Buildings Department Teaches Students How to Stay Safe While Riding the City’s 62,000 Elevators and Escalators

We’ve written several times about the NYC Buildings Department’s annual Construction Safety Week, including the citywide safety campaign to encourage construction workers to use proper fall protection. Another public education program run by the Buildings Department is National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week. The 8th annual program took place last month. Aimed at children, the program’s safety slogan is “Ring, … Read the rest

Unlawful Taxi Hailings and Other Violations You May Not Know About (or At Least Know Where to Find)

A recent article in The New York Times brought to light a little-known New York City Regulation that prohibits a person from hailing or procuring a taxi for another not in his or her social company. The article relayed the tale of Juan Bannister who, after flagging down a taxi, placing the stranger’s luggage in the trunk, and receiving a … Read the rest