|Posted:||November 19, 2013 12:30 PM|
|From:||Representative William F. Keller|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Introduction of Redraft of House Bill 1591 – Increasing Standards for Building Demolition|
|I will soon be reintroducing a freestanding version of House Bill 1591 to improve public safety and standards for building demolitions. The House Labor and Industry Committee and House Urban Affairs Committee held a joint public hearing on HB 1591, and the new version of this legislation will contain suggested changes from testifiers and experts.
As you know, on June 5, 2013, in Center City Philadelphia, a four-story commercial building under demolition collapsed onto an adjacent one-story building, killing 6 people and injuring 14 others. Investigations into this event largely point to lax public oversight and noncompliance with safety and building codes by contractors and workers. In fact, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently fined the contractors working on this site nearly $400,000 for egregious safety violations.
As in HB 1591, my legislation will raise the bar for demolition work by ensuring that contractors seeking demolition permits are qualified and competent and comply with site-safety requirements for workers and the general public. The standards set forth for demolitions by this legislation would be mandatory for Philadelphia and state buildings but optional for all other municipalities.
Specifically, my legislation would:
I hope that you will offer your continued support for this important legislation. Please feel free to contact my office with any questions.
Current co-sponsors of HB 1591: M. Daley, Clay, Miranda, K. Boyle, Harkins, Davis, McGeehan, Schlossberg, O’Brien, Boback, Kotik, Godshall, Gibbons, Rock, Rozzi, Killion, Caltagirone, Harhai, Brownlee, Pashinski, Sabatina, Cruz, Gingrich, D. Costa, Cohen, Murt, Clymer, Carroll, Parker, Sims, Galloway, Donatucci, DeLuca, Quinn, and Watson
Introduced as HB1877