After the Dec. 17 death of Erica Tishman, 60, who was killed by falling debris from a Midtown building, the Department of Buildings is taking extra precautions.
On Monday, the Department of Buildings announced they will be adding 12 people to their staff, according to NBC.
NBC reports the Department of Buildings has also issued 220 violations following Tishman’s death.
Tishman, a prominent architect, was killed by falling debris from a building on 49th St. NBC reports that after the death, they did a ‘sweep” of 1331 buildings that were previously identified as requiring repairs or unsafe.
It was reported that more than 15 percent of the buildings ended up with Class I violations. This means they are immediately hazardous. NYC will require those building to immediately install protective measures.
Buildings Commissioner Melanie La Rocca said in a statement, “In the wake of this tragedy, we are doubling-down on the proven tools at our disposal. New Yorkers should know that we are out in force holding owners feet to the fire, so they get repair work done as quickly as possible while still protecting the public.”