On Friday, Mayor Nutter announced his plan of new regulations for demolition contractors in Philadelphia. He hopes to increase safety at all demolition sites in the city.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and the Department of Licenses and Inspection announced that the city is changing the way buildings are demolished in response to a four-story building collapse in Center City that killed six people and injured 13 others this week.
“I am saddened about what happened in my city. I commit to you that we will make every effort to spare no resources, find out what went wrong in this incident, and we will take every possible action that we can take to fix whatever systems, processes, or procedures that need to be fixed in order to better ensure our collective public safety,” Nutter promised the victims and their families.
The city was notified of potential unsafe demolition practices happening at the site of Wednesday’s deadly building collapse nearly a month before it happened. A resident contacted the city's Philly 311 helpline concerned about the safety of demolition workers and pedestrians walking on the sidewalk.
But nothing was done in part because city demolition contractors are lightly regulated.
On active demolitions, the city has order all inspectors to visit sites with active demolition permits to check safety conditions and any other possible violations. All new permit applications for complete demolition must now include the following documents and requirements before a permit can be issued:
The following procedures must also be followed on demolition inspections, according to Nutter.
The Department of Licenses and Inspections said it had 300 open demolition permits throughout the city; inspectors had visited about 30 of the sites by Thursday afternoon and planned to get to the rest by next week.
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