Philly mayor: Board enhancing building, demolition oversight

Philadelphia’s mayor has formed an oversight board to shepherd changes to licensing and inspection practices recommended after a demolition accident and building collapse that killed six people at a Salvation Army store in June 2013.

Mayor Michael Nutter said Tuesday the Building Safety Oversight Board will be in charge of implementing three dozen recommendations his advisory commission offered in October.

They include requiring background investigations for demolition companies, the creation of new demolition site safety positions and resolving reports of potentially unsafe conditions with a site visit by a qualified inspector.

The June 2013 collapse brought swift and mounting fallout in a city where demolition contractors had been lightly regulated.

Passersby called the city beforehand with concerns about the demolition, but an inspector found nothing amiss. He later committed suicide.

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