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  • What to Consider in New York City Storefront Design

    What to Consider in New York City Storefront Design

    New York City, as a place, has a sense of wonder about it. Creativity shines on every corner in the Big Apple, and without a doubt, the place illuminates glamour. Surely enough, this means that mediocre storefront designs can decrease the likelihood of someone looking at your store—much less visiting it. What gives a storefront appeal in New York City, then?

    Vintage City Design

    New York was established in 1788, and wasted no time in becoming the bustling city that everyone knows and loves today. Strangely enough, old-fashioned designs are still widely appreciated in the city. Keeping history alive is an important thing, and locals absolutely love melding historical items with modern-day amenities. 

    The Empire State Appeal

    New York City is loud, it is in your face, and it is bold. The storefronts within the city should absolutely represent these traits by being colorful, eye-catching, and picturesque.

    Visible Product Displays

    How can one enjoy the activity of window shopping if they have nothing to look at? More importantly, what do you sell that people want to buy? New York City storefront design should allow for plenty of the store's product to be displayed. We are in the shopping capital of the country, after all.

    Perhaps the most important thing to consider when planning the design of a New York City storefront is that first impressions are truly everything. The storefront is the face of your store, and needs to be inviting. Additionally, and chances are, that in New York City, your storefront probably holds a lot of history—regardless of how many times it has been renovated.

    Keep history alive and appealing when designing your New York City storefront. Contact me today to discuss your design plans.

  • Scaffold Inspections for Job Site Safety

    Scaffold Inspections for Job Site Safety

    Scaffolding problems on a job site are one of the most frequent safety violations cited by OSHA. Maintaining compliance with scaffolding safety standards not only reduces your risk of receiving a citation, but it also creates a safer work environment for workers and lowers the cost of workers compensation claims.

    What are some of the key components of scaffolding safety? In order to be safe, scaffolding must be:

    • Out of the way of egress, exits, paths, and fire safety systems.
    • Level and supported by bracing, resting on a firm foundation.
    • A safe distance from power lines.
    • Free and protected from debris and falling objects.
    • Made of fire-retardant material.
    • At least 18 inches wide on platforms.

    The general safety requirements established by OSHA for scaffolding can be found here.

    While you can observe the condition of scaffolding on the job site, the standard requires that a "competent person" complete inspections on a frequent enough basis to uncover problems before they become safety concerns. Competence in this sense refers to someone who:

    • Has completed training about the requirements of OSHA's scaffold standard.
    • Can readily identify hazards.
    • Is able to correct problems and eliminate hazards.

    A scaffold inspection must take place after it is built, before it used, and periodically in the course of the job. The specific timeline for inspection has deliberately been left vague by OSHA because inspections should take place often enough that safety threats are identified before they arise.  Contact us to schedule your inspection.