BGE (building managers and engineers) contractors owe a duty of care to the public to make sure the buildings they construct are safe. When a collapse occurs, it is only natural for people to question whether the quality of BGE construction is good enough. In some cases questions may also be raised as to whether safety regulations regarding standards of workmanship were adhered to. A review of this article will attempt to shed light on several important questions regarding BGE construction and its regulation by local and federal agencies.
BGE (building managers and engineers) Contractors should be responsible for determining whether or not the vegetation on site is in a state conducive to supporting a building structure. In total, 16 of BGE (e.g., fire, electrical, and maintenance) contractors were saved from various incidents of vegetation collapse. Fire officials state 21 of these were hospitalized.
Sadly, two individuals rescued from a situation where heavy vegetation blocked an electric service line near Harlem were later found to have no rights-of-way. As a result, the firefighters had to use a back-up traffic light in order to enforce a “right of way” by emergency vehicles. This added to the stress placed on emergency personnel. All but two of the individuals were eventually rescued without serious injury.
BGE (building managers and engineers) Contractors should also review the utility lines supplying electrical service to the roof and make sure that the proper application of BGE guidelines is in place. It is unfortunate that in this instance the proper authorities did not review the operation of BGE closely enough. While it is not uncommon for utility crews to apply improper utility pruning procedures, it appears that this was not done in this case. As a matter of fact, BGE has issued a safety warning to its customers and states that improper application of BGE guidelines can result in an explosion or fire in which lives are lost.
Another recommendation for both the home energy audit and the BGE inspection relates to how the homeowner should conduct a check-up prior to the installation of BGE appliances. The homeowners should check with the manufacturer of any system that may include a component called BGE Checkup. This component checks and tests a number of factors related to energy use and should be used prior to installation.
The home energy auditor should note that both the home energy auditor and BGE auditor must work in tandem. They should not select tasks that are beyond the auditor’s or the BGE’s skill set. The auditee and the BGE installer should work together to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed. It is suggested that the auditor does not sign off on all components of a system unless they have gone through the checklist with the installer. If there are concerns that are not addressed during the checklist then the audit team should discuss these items with the installer.
The audit process begins when the contractor receives a referral from either the BGE or the home energy auditor. They will then develop a complete baseline energy usage report that will be sent to the auditor for review. This report contains a summary of the baseline energy audit findings. When it comes time to develop a recommendation the home or business owner will again conduct a comprehensive review of their systems.
From the baseline report and any recommendations that are generated, the auditor will make recommendations about areas that should be examined. These areas of concern relate to areas where energy use is excessive and where appliances are not being used efficiently. Once all the issues have been addressed, the home or business owner will send the completed report to the customer. This completed report will serve as the basis for any necessary repairs or replacements that may be needed.