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DOB hits engineer blamed for scaffolding collapse with additional violations

Agency conducted another inspection
August 28, 2018 05:30PM

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The engineer behind scaffolding that collapsed and injured five people in Soho last year was found to have submitted flawed designs for nine sidewalk sheds in Brooklyn.

The city’s Department of Buildings fined Daniel Odigie $16,000 for the faulty blueprints, Crain’s reported. The sheds were located in Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Midwood and other Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Odigie had designed the scaffolding at Broadway and Prince Street that collapsed in November, injuring five people. At the time, DOB Commissioner Rick Chandler said the collapse was the result of “sheer negligence.”

After the incident, the DOB reviewed every project for which Odigie submitted plans, and issued 47 minor violations. The agency also revoked the engineer’s ability to self-certify, meaning a DOB representative will review whatever plans he submits. The latest fines came after another series of inspections by the DOB.[Crain’s]Kathryn Brenzel