By Graham Rayman

“Scaffolding is there to protect us from falling buildings, but what’s going to protect us from falling scaffolding,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “With scaffolding falling throughout our city, scaffolding companies have proven that they can’t be trusted to self-certify anymore. Department of Buildings must inspect every scaffold when it goes up to ensure that it will actually keep us safe.”

Kallos cited seven scaffolding collapses dating back to February 2017 that resulted in either property damage or injury. In addition, the council members say companies often put up the scaffolding and then drag their feet on the actual work, leaving the metal structure in place sometimes for years.