Building Safety Week in May Focuses on Construction Crane Safety


April 27, 2009
OPA 085/09

News Highlights  

  • Building Safety Week, May 3-9, highlights the safe use of building cranes.
  • Officials from Northern Virginia jurisdictions will teach homeowners about safe building techniques at four Home Depot stores across the region.
  • Celebrations begin with a free brunch presentation on May 1 at Arlington County Central Library.

More Information 

Following two crane accidents in New York City almost a year ago, Fairfax County will put a spotlight on the safe use of this equipment during International Building Safety Week, May 3-9.

The county will celebrate this week along with five other Northern Virginia governments. To bring safety home, county, city and town officials also will teach homeowners about safe building techniques during the week.

Officials will be at five Home Depot stores to take questions from residents May 3-9, staffing information booths from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following stores: 6201 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax; 3201 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax; 1651 Reston Parkway, Reston; and 400 South Pickett Street, Alexandria. They will answer questions about building permits, code requirements and safety in the home.

This is a collaborative effort by Fairfax County; Arlington County; the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church; and the town of Herndon

This week will kick off with a free brunch and presentation on Friday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Arlington County Central Library, 1015 North Quincy Street, Arlington. Reservations are required.

Tower crane safety in high-rise construction is the topic for the presentation. Speakers include Skip Gardino, Miller and Long; Mike McCaffery, Davis Construction; and Dooley Petite, Morrow Equipment Corporation. 

Later in the week, Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services will present its Building Safety Community Partnership Award. Home Depot Inc. in the Northern Virginia region will receive this year’s award. The award program, which is in its 11th year, recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions to advancing building and construction safety in Fairfax County.

To be allowed to use a tower crane in Fairfax County, cranes must be inspected by a private, licensed inspector. Cranes are re-inspected 30 days after they are erected and every 90 days thereafter.

For more information about building week activities, reservations for the May 1 presentation or to schedule a presentation about safe home construction or repair, call the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services’ Land Development Services Division at 703-324-1910, TTY 703-324-1877.

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