City inspection sweep finds widespread scaffolding violations

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A citywide inspection sweep of several city construction sites found 28 percent of supported scaffolds and sidewalk sheds violated safety codes, Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster said. Out of 1,654 inspected sites, 44 percent of the violating sites had safety-related issues, including improper installation or improperly braced scaffolding. The inspections were part of the Building Department’s Safety Analysis and Field Evaluation Scaffold and Shed Initiative launched in February. Violations were issued to 459 sites, and 210 sites were issued stop-work orders. TRD 

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