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NYC Council passes safety measures to address spike in construction accidents

After a spike in construction accidents throughout New York City in recent months, the City Council has passed several measures intended to increase safety on building sites.

The package of bills passed Wednesday includes one that would allow buildings inspectors to classify maintenance violations as immediately hazardous. Those violations include problems such as loose material and debris, unsafe storage of combustible materials and falling hazards.

Another bill requires regular structural inspections on buildings that have been weakened by fire or other damaging elements.

A third bill requires better monitoring of retaining walls, mandating structural inspections every five years.