After a building in Philadelphia collapsed last Wednesday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced new standards and initiatives now required for demolition projects in the city of Philadelphia, reported an article in Law360 titled, “Philly Unveils New Demo Standards in Wake of Collapse.”

Before the new standards were announced, Craig D. Mills told Law360 that, “either they didn’t have a demolition plan, or something went wrong in the demolition.”

Mayor Nutter stated, “After the tragic events of this week, it is necessary to implement the same heightened controls on private demolition activity that we have on public demolitions to ensure continued safety.”

New permit applications for complete demolition projects will be required to include details on the experience and qualifications of the contractor performing the demolition, a site safety plan detailing how the contractor will protect pedestrians and neighboring properties and a schedule of the demolition work detailing the length of time expected for each stage of the project, the article went on to explain. 

Read the full article – “Philly Unveils New Demo Standards in Wake of Collapse” (Law360, June 7, 2013)