Increase Your Project Profitability by Avoiding DOB Stop Work Orders
Very few people get involved in New York City construction projects just for the fun of it. The goal for builders and property owners alike is to profit from the project. To do this, it’s imperative to avoid needless expenses, such as DOB Stop Work Orders.
What is a Stop Work Order?
All construction projects in New York City are under the authority of the Department of Buildings. The DOB keeps the public safe. In the wake of recent crane accidents, they have made crane safety a top priority. Over the course of the past year to year and a half, there’s been an increase in crane inspections.
A DOB inspector can issue a Stop Work Order if any aspect of the crane and rigging work being done isn’t in compliance with regulations. A Stop Work Order mandates that all activity on a build stops until the problem has been resolved. This process can take days, or even weeks. Downtime is the most expensive part of any construction project, so this can be detrimental. Generally, you may receive fines. Consequently, this will cost you even more money.
Similarly, the DOB issues Stop Work Orders because of problems with equipment, documentation, or personnel. Something as simple as not having a crane inspection performed by a certain date can be enough to shut a job site down. Adequate staffing is one area DOB inspectors pay attention to. In addition to having a properly licensed crane operator, the lift requires a master rigger and lift supervisor. Also, other required personnel include signalmen and pedestrian managers.
What’s the most efficient way to avoid Stop Work Orders?
Choose a crane and rigging service that has an established history of working successfully in New York City. Avoid problems by choosing a company that has experience with the DOB and understands what their inspectors want. This helps keep your project on time, eliminates expensive DOB fines, and boosts project profitability.