Friday, December 21, 2018

City of New York -Local Law

Shared by Michael Feminella -NYC Constructors LLC

Introduced by Council Members Maisel, Crowley, Reynoso, Levin, Espinal, Cornegy, Richards, Chin, Kallos, Cohen, Constantinides, Dromm, Williams and Rosenthal.


To amend the New York city building code, in relation to maintaining crane event records

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1. Section BC 3319 of the New York city building code, as amended by local law 141 for the year 2013, is amended by adding a new section 3319.11 to read as follows:
3319.11 Crane event recorder. No certificate of operation for a crane shall be issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2019, unless the crane is equipped with an event recorder that is supplied by the crane manufacturer, or by a dealer, distributor, vendor, or third-party authorized crane manufacturer.

Exception: Cranes where the manufacturer certifies to the department that an event recorder cannot be installed on the crane due to a technological limitation.
3319.11.1 Data to be recorded. At a minimum, the event recorder shall collect the following data:

1. Crane configuration;
2. Any overload condition;
3. Status of limit switches; and
4. Operator overrides.

3319.11.2 Data to be made available to the commissioner upon request. Data collected by the event recorder shall be made available to the commissioner upon request.

§ 2. This local law shall take effect on January 1, 2019, except that the commissioner of buildings may take such measures as are necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, before such effective date.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a local law of The City of New York, passed by the Council on April 25, 2017, and approved by the Mayor on May 10, 2017.
MICHAEL M. McSweeney, City Clerk, Clerk of the Council.

I hereby certify that the form of the enclosed local law (Local Law No. 79 of 2017, Council Int. No. 1435-A of 2017) to be filed with the Secretary of State contains the correct text of the local law passed by the New York City Council and approved by the Mayor.

STEPHEN LOUIS, Acting Corporation Counsel.

Friday, March 9, 2018


By: John W. Davis, P.E.

Crane surveyors are often faced with the problem of determining the sufficiency of structural repairs.  Some jurisdictions require that the surveyor declare that the crane is in “safe working condition” as a requirement for acceptance or certification.  In addition to the regulatory requirements, every surveyor is faced with the challenge of risk management.  In practical terms, the surveyor must consider and avoid the risk of accepting a structural repair the sufficiency of which cannot be determined by visible inspection or load testing as is offered by ASME B30 standards.

The first thing to consider is who authorized the repair.  The surveyor should require a copy of written directions by the authority that is qualified to allow and/or define the repair method.  Some jurisdictions require that the repairs be authorized by the crane manufacturer or a registered engineer.  The surveyor is left with the decision as to the validity of the authorizing agent.   
The surveyor should be satisfied that the material used in the repair is the same as or equivalent to the original material.  The material or the specification for the material may be supplied by the original equipment manufacturer.  Alternatively, the proper material can be determined by a laboratory analysis of the parent material together with a certified test report with a mill test report from the repair material supplier.

If welding is part of the repair, the welding process should be prequalified or the welding process should be certified in accordance with AWS D1.1 standard.  The joint design should be in accordance with the AWS D14.3 standard and the instructions of the authorizing authority.  The welding must be done by a welder certified for the process, material, and welding position(s) used. The electrode material must be compatible with the parent material.  The welds should be done in accordance with AWS D14.3 and be inspected in accordance with AWS D1.1 standard.

In general, the surveyor should require sufficient documentation to verify that the repair has been completed in accordance with the instructions of the authorizing agent.  This assurance should include a parent material specification, a material certification for the repair material, a welding procedure certification (if needed), a welder certification document, and a Non-Destructive Evaluation report.  The surveyor should load test the element(s) repaired and provide a document to attest to the satisfactory test results.

In summary, the crane surveyor should require sufficient documentation for his files to verify that the repair has been done in compliance with the instructions of the authorizing agency.