Philly council unveils proposed demolition rules

By Associated Press 9:12am, October 4, 2013
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Lawmakers in Philadelphia have unveiled five proposed pieces of legislation they say will help prevent another tragedy like the June building collapse that killed six people and injured 14 others.

City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. led a committee that held hearings on demolition policies and procedures. He said the measures propose a mandatory new training program for building code officials, a required "safety monitor" at all construction and demolition sites, new rules for contractors seeking demolition licenses, authority for the Fire Department to halt any job that looks unsafe, and detailed safety plans for inspectors to review before any project starts.

Jones told The Philadelphia Inquirer the bills introduced Thursday will lead to further discussion. More input from the construction industry is also likely.

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