Chicago mayor pushing for stricter building code enforcement

Firefighter Daniel Capuano, 43, died December 2015 after falling down an elevator shaft while battling a warehouse fire


By FireRescue1 Staff

CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is advocating for stricter building code enforcement following the 2015 on-duty death of firefighter Daniel Capuano. 

Mayor Emanuel proposed a centralized process that would penalize contractors who fail to pull permits or violate codes, reported the Chicago Tribune

"You had to bring in the law department, file a complaint, you had to go to different commissions, to get any kind of discipline," Commissioner Judy Frydland said. "So this consolidates it into one matter."

Firefighter Capuano, 43, died December 2015 after falling down an elevator shaft while battling a warehouse fire. Construction at the warehouse was unauthorized and deemed unsafe by the city’s building department. The warehouse has since been demolished. 

Under the ordinance, Frydland said it would put a hold on any new permits until a contractor fixes the problem the city finds. After multiple violations, the city would be able to revoke the company’s license. 

The city council will review the ordinance and come to a decision later this month.

 

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