Archives for February 2016

Brian Fritz joins the adjunct faculty at Temple University Beasley School of Law

Temple University Beasley School of LawFritz & Bianculli partner Brian Fritz has joined the adjunct faculty at Temple University Beasley School of Law as part of the LLM program in Trial Advocacy. The Temple LLM program teaches lawyers how to become better trial attorneys.

Brian was selected as an adjunct for the program because of his extensive trial and pre-trial experience. Having done hundreds of depositions for their cases, Brian was the perfect choice to teach about how to take effective depositions of one’s opponents and how to prepare clients for depositions.

New Demolition Standards in Philadelphia

Caterpillar D-10 model tractor on road construction site, low angle viewIn June, 2013, Philadelphia announced new measures governing the demolition of buildings. According to Mayor Michael Nutter, the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has developed and implemented a number of changes, including:

  • New standards for issuing demolition permits
  • New requirements for demolition site inspection
  • Revised internal audit processes
  • Specific recommendations for city code and regulatory modifications

The revised demolition rules and procedures came after six people died and 14 were injured when a building being demolished caved into a Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Before a demolition permit application will be granted, applicants must now provide:

  • A professional engineer’s report on risks to any adjacent property if the building being demolished is more than three stories high
  • A site-safety plan addressing how adjacent properties, pedestrians and bystanders will be protected from harm
  • Documentation showing the experience and qualifications of the demolition contractor
  • A schedule of all demolition work proposed
  • Documentation of any violations by the demolition contractor

A contractor with any active violations will not be granted a permit.

In addition, before demolition may begin, a city inspector must conduct a site safety review. The contractor must notify the city inspector before any work begins. If the contractor fails to provide that notice, the inspector must visit the site every 15 days. If no work has started within 45 days, the permit will be revoked. An inspector may also impose a Stop Work order if demolition starts without notification.

The new procedures also mandate that the Licensing and Inspections Department confirm that all demolition contractors and subcontractors have appropriate insurance coverage.

Contact Fritz, Goldenberg & Bianculli

At the law firm of Fritz, Goldenberg & Bianculli, we have more than 30 years of collective experience successfully protecting the rights of personal injury victims in the greater Philadelphia area. To schedule a free initial consultation, call our office at (215) 458-2222 or send us an e-mail. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary.

Being Injured By Someone Who Was Under The Influence Of Drugs Or Alcohol At Work.

People Working in WarehouseAccording to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. “one-fifth of workers and managers across a wide range of industries and company sizes report that a coworker’s on or off the job drinking jeopardized their own productivity and safety.”

The NCAAD further concluded that there are several industries where workplace alcoholism is more prevalent. They are:

  • Food service
  • Construction
  • Mining and Drilling
  • Excavation
  • Installation, maintenance and repair

Many people are injured by a co-worker or other employee on the jobsite who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, prescription or otherwise. Employers are required to have the appropriate drug policy in effect to prevent you from being injured by another worker who is under the influence.

If you or someone you know has been injured by someone you suspect has been under the influence contact us.

Contact Fritz, Goldenberg & Bianculli

At the law firm of Fritz, Goldenberg & Bianculli, we have more than 30 years of collective experience successfully protecting the rights of personal injury victims in the greater Philadelphia area. To schedule a free initial consultation, call our office at (215) 458-2222 or send us an e-mail. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary.