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Robert LiMandri is the former commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings and current senior principal for Vidaris, a building construction consultancy. He became DOB commisioner in April 2008, a time near the end of the most recent building boom when the department was in disarray and crisis. Weeks before, seven people were killed when a crane fell at a condo at 303 East 51st Street. The accident prompted the resignation of then-commissioner Patricia Lancaster after it came out that an inspector had faked a key report.
Even after LiMandri took over, problems persisted; in May of 2008, a crane collapsed at a condo at 333 East 91st Street, killing two people. Nevertheless, LiMandri was appointed commissioner of the department in October of that year.
In response to a total of 19 construction site fatalities in 2008, compared with 12 in 2007, LiMandri increased stop-work orders, issuing nearly 5,000 more than 2007s 10,132. He also introduced new site rules to augment recently-revised construction and building codes.
In 2010, LiMandri announced that construction-related accidents in New York City had declined 28 percent compared to the previous year, a decrease that the city attributed to stricter safety requirements and greater outreach to the members of the industry. Others suggested the decline was influenced by a decrease in new construction from the previous year.
...process while accelerating department plan approvals,” DOB Commissioner Robert LiMandri told the Brooklyn Eagle. Because of the electronic format, communication between inspectors and contractors...