Exteriors of buildings aren’t always smooth brick walls. There are all sorts of indentations and protrusions, from terraces to stonework to cornices. There are also items that are not part of the building, but are affixed to it, like scaffolds and window air conditioners. And if such items are poorly secured or loose, it could lead to disaster.
In New England, where the populace is all too familiar with nor'easters and the ice, snow and wind devastation that can be inherent therein, securing exteriors is quite important. If something is loose on the outside of a building, a particularly brutal gust can make the exterior facades vulnerable, whether you’re in a city or the suburbs. There are also other causes of incidents, such as construction accidents or material that comes loose after a number of years from weather, wear and tear.
Consider these happenings along the East Coast over the past few years:
In May 2015, a two-year old New York City girl died after terra cotta bricks from a crumbling Upper West Side Manhattan building rained down on her and her grandmother.
Last June, four New Jersey residents were injured when bricks fell from a second-floor façade of a building. The mayor, who is also a doctor, ran from his nearby office and helped the victims.