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Kallos calls for scaffold limits.

City councilman Ben Kallos has criticized rules that allow scaffolding to slight city streets longterm after a shed collapsed in Soho on Sunday injuring five people.

"Scaffolding that is meant to protect residents should not be up long enough that it needs to be inspected over and over again year after year," said Kallos.

"These structures are supposed to be temporary. We can do a better job at keeping New Yorkers safe by making sure building repairs are done as soon as possible and scaffolding are up for no longer than they have to be."

The accident happened shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday outside the 12-story office building at 568 Broadway. The building is owned by a partnership of Aurora Capital Associates, A&H Acquisitions and Allied Partners.

Department of Building records show that the Rock Group scaffold company based in Mount Vernon has a one-year scaffold permit issued on December 9, 2016, to erect a "heavy duty sidewalk shed" at the property. The company did not respond to a request for comment.

According to multiple reports, the scaffold collapse was caused by high winds that gusted over the city at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour over the weekend.

The DOB had issued a wind warning to builders, contractors, crane operators, and property owners to secure their construction sites, buildings and equipment in anticipation of the blustery conditions.

In a statement issued Friday, the DOB said inspectors would be performing random spot-checks of construction sites around the city.

By the Department of Building's count, the city has 280 miles of scaffolding throughout the five boroughs and more than half of it is in Manhattan.

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Title Annotation:Construction & Design; Ben Kallos
Comment:Kallos calls for scaffold limits.(Construction & Design)(Ben Kallos)
Author:O'Flanagan, Linda
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Nov 22, 2017
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