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All eyes on safety.

Robert LiMandri, commissioner of the Department of Buildings, said it takes more than city officials to crack down on construction safety.

"It takes you guys," LiMandri said, speaking at a Building Owners and Managers of Greater/NY luncheon last week.

The department has been taking measures to prevent accidents following a number of high-profile crane collapses and construction mishaps this year. LiMandri, who took over in April after the former commission was forced out under pressure, said a recent accident that killed a scaffold worker on 111th Street could have been avoided. In the end, though, immigrant Miguel Rodriguez left behind a wife and kids because he was wearing a safety harness that wans't tethered to anything; an overseer was not qualified.

LiMandri said everyone--from property managers to fellow workers--needs to stand up when someone is doing something dangerous.

Those who cause problems are those "that don't participate in the committees ... that don't play by the rules," he said.

LiMandri said the agency has taken steps to crack down on both violators and negligent department workers.

"We believe the more we make transparent of ourselves, the more we can make others accountable."
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Author:Majeski, John
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Oct 22, 2008
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