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  • The Importance of Site Safety Plan Preparation

    The Importance of Site Safety Plan Preparation

    At Scott Henson Architecture, we can't overemphasize the importance of site safety plan preparation.  More than 20% of workplace fatalities happen in the construction business, according to OSHA, so having a proactive plan to keep your job site safe is not only good business - it can really save lives.

    The key components of a typical site safety plan are:

    • New employee and ongoing staff training, including rules for when to use and where to find personal protective equipment.
    • Inspection of the site and all equipment, followed by periodic audits. Electrocutions are the second-highest cause of death in construction, so we take care that our equipment is always in good working order.
    • Accountability, both on the leadership side and on the employee side.

    We put in writing, in simple, clear language, the important facts:

    WHO is in charge of maintaining the safety of our job site.

    WHAT the rules and expectations are.  (For instance, everyone has to use protective eye wear.)

    WHEN an accident happens, the process for dealing with it.

    WHERE personal protective equipment is kept.

    WHY everyone is responsible for safety.

    The GC or site manager can't be everywhere at once, and just meeting the minimum legal requirements isn't enough to keep an accident from happening. Every construction project must have a set of standards in place so that anyone on the site can react quickly to a safety situation.  

    Interested in innovative solutions for building maintenance and historic preservation?

    Contact us to discuss your next project.

  • FISP Facade Inspection Safety Program (Local Law 11/98)

    FISP Facade Inspection Safety Program (Local Law 11/98)

    New York City's Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP), also known as Local Law 11, requires the facades of buildings of six or more stories to be inspected for safety every five years.  The latest inspection period, Cycle 8, started in February 2015 and ends in February 2020. Here's what you need to know:

    Who needs to get a FISP inspection?

    All New York City buildings that are over six stories must be inspected once every five years.  Check your subcycle with the NYC Department of Buildings to determine when you are due to be inspected.

    Who can complete the inspection?

    An engineer or architect can conduct a thorough inspection of your building's facade and exterior walls.  This qualified expert will submit a statement to the NYC Department of Buildings that labels your building one of three statuses:

    • SAFE: No action needed
    • UNSAFE: Must be repaired immediately (within 30 days of inspection)
    • SWARMP: Safe with a Repair and Maintenance Program - must be repaired before the next inspection

    Scott Henson Architect is qualified to perform these inspections; contact us to schedule a FISP inspection now.

    What happens if you skip the inspection?

    Penalties range from $250 per month for filing your FISP report late to $1,000 per month for failing to file at all.

    Schedule Your Inspection Now with Scott Henson Architect