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April 3, 1991 | By Robin Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Fire Commissioner Roger Ulshafer asserted last week that the city Department of Licenses and Inspections was too corrupt to be trusted with high-rise fire-safety inspections, he had history on his side. Since its inception in 1951, L&I has had an almost uninterrupted record of bribery, exortion, favoritism and petty graft. Philadelphia's first L&I commissioner, Walter Pytko, warned in February 1952 that "any inspector who takes a bribe or accepts money not only will be dismissed but also will be prosecuted.
NEWS
April 19, 1986 | By CYNTHIA BURTON, MICHEL MARRIOTT and ANN GERHART, Daily News Staff Writers
The mayor and his top aides said yesterday they knew nothing about a plan to inspect MOVE headquarters that was aborted after a crowd gathered in front of the Southwest Philadelphia house yesterday morning. The morning inspection was canceled after the Daily News reported yesterday that the city Department of Licenses and Inspections was coming to call. Managing Director James S. White and other city officials decided to call off the scheduled inspection during a two-hour meeting in White's office yesterday, said Capt.
FOOD
July 21, 2016
Since our last guide to Chinatown in early 2014, more attention than ever has been paid to restaurant health inspections across Philadelphia – sparked in large part by a banquet that sickened more than 100 lawyers at Joy Tsin Lau in early 2015. With the city Health Department gaining more power to enforce recommended closures, and the Inquirer's Sam Wood noting the worst offenders in his regular "Clean Plates" column (which includes a database to search recent reports), a number of notable Chinatown spots have been forced into closing temporarily.
NEWS
August 24, 1989 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Need a favor in Bensalem? Maybe picking up the tab for a motel room will help. Some motel owners say that's what helped them defeat a proposed ordinance requiring annual township inspections of motel rooms and apartments. At least one Bensalem supervisor says so, too. "In my opinion it was politics. I think it was a good ordinance," said Supervisor Joseph Francano Jr. Bensalem supervisors voted, 4-1, Monday night to reject the ordinance. Before the vote, Supervisor David Costello, who voted with the majority, said the township owed the motel owners a debt for giving free rooms to visiting township job applicants and letting township police use a motel gym for free.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2008 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
US Airways Group Inc. found problems on seven of its Boeing 757 aircraft during inspections prompted by the loss of a wing component from another company plane during a March 22 flight from Orlando to Philadelphia. US Airways spokesman Phil Gee says the carrier inspected 17 Boeing 757s with wing specifications similar to the damaged jetliner. Last week, a small part of a 757's wing dislodged and hit a passenger window. Nobody was injured, and the plane landed safely at Philadelphia International Airport.
NEWS
December 12, 1994 | By Richard Berkowitz, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In a case testing the limits of the Fourth Amendment, the United States District Court has ruled that Glenolden Borough can continue its inspections of rental properties despite the objection of tenants. Judge Stewart Dalzell rejected the claim of Mary D. Smith, a resident of Glen Manor Apartments. Her suit alleged that Glenolden Borough's search of her apartment for its compliance with building and fire codes violated the Fourth Amendment's protection against "unreasonable search and seizures.
NEWS
March 7, 1987 | By William Beerman, Special to The Inquirer
The Pennsauken Township Committee has given a cool reception to a proposal that the township conduct indoor house inspections as a method of preventing accidents such as one that killed a Willingboro woman and her three children on Sunday. Art Johnson, township code enforcement officer, proposed at the committee's work session last night that the township conduct interior inspections of homes and require buyers to obtain certificates of approval before closing home purchases. Johnson talked about the recent Willingboro deaths, which were attributed to carbon-monoxide poisoning from a faulty furnace pipe in a newly purchased home.
NEWS
May 15, 1990 | By Kathy Sheehan, Daily News Staff Writer
Safety inspections on SEPTA subway cars came under scrutiny yesterday during a hearing into the March 7 fatal derailment near 30th Street Station. But an inquiry panel from the National Transportation Safety Board heard conflicting accounts on who actually inspects the cars and how inspections should be carried out. Four people were killed and at least 165 injured when a traction motor on Car 817 fell off its support housing under the floor of the car, causing the derailment of the westbound Market-Frankford train near 30th Street during morning rush hour.
NEWS
May 28, 2000 | By Monica Yant Kinney, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the aftermath of the deadly collapse of Pier 34, Philadelphia officials have been repeating a mantra: It is not the city's responsibility to make sure the structure supporting the pier was sound. "The structure of that property is the owner's responsibility," said Ed McLaughlin, commissioner of the city Department of Licenses and Inspections. "If an owner found problems . . . it would be the owner's responsibility to take corrective action. " In that, however, Philadelphia differs from a number of its counterparts around the country.
NEWS
May 4, 2016
ISSUE | RESTAURANTS Post inspections Kudos to the Inquirer and Philly.com and their Clean Plates web page for providing access to the results of inspections of area restaurants. However, the public may need more information. For example, I recently walked by a restaurant near City Hall that had 19 illness-risk and retail violations, yet it was doing a booming lunch business. Food poisoning is horrendous to recover from, and I urge the Inquirer to continue publishing restaurant inspection reports.
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FOOD
July 21, 2016
Since our last guide to Chinatown in early 2014, more attention than ever has been paid to restaurant health inspections across Philadelphia – sparked in large part by a banquet that sickened more than 100 lawyers at Joy Tsin Lau in early 2015. With the city Health Department gaining more power to enforce recommended closures, and the Inquirer's Sam Wood noting the worst offenders in his regular "Clean Plates" column (which includes a database to search recent reports), a number of notable Chinatown spots have been forced into closing temporarily.
NEWS
July 19, 2016
ISSUE | SEPTA How thorough are regular inspections? Two editorials gave credit to SEPTA for having detected the structural fault in commuter railcars before there was any injury ("No time for slow route," July 7; "SEPTA trains' tortuous track," Wednesday). For that, all train travelers are blessed. I wonder, however, how thorough safety inspections were when, after seeing that one coach was out of kilter, SEPTA determined that 115 of 120 Silverliner V coaches had structural cracks and all of them needed to be taken out of service immediately.
NEWS
July 5, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Structural failures found in a third of SEPTA's train fleet are forcing more than 100 cars off the tracks indefinitely. Fixes could take the rest of the summer, but riders who account for 150,000 trips on Regional Rail each day will likely face crowded trains and big delays. "Unfortunately, it will be rough on our railroad customers," said Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA's general manager. The flaw, a crack in a weight-bearing beam on a train car's undercarriage, has shown up in almost all of SEPTA's Silverliner V's, the newest trains in its Regional Rail fleet.
NEWS
June 25, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County-based home inspector defrauded at least 138 property buyers by promising inspections he never performed, prosecutors said Thursday. Joseph T. Michalski, 46, of Souderton, is facing charges of felony theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and other offenses for allegedly ripping off customers of his business, Sherlock Homes Inspection Services. The company sold home-inspection services such as water, termite and radon testing, the Montgomery County District Attorney's office said.
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
Eating out in South Jersey? If you're dining in Gloucester County, you can now check the latest health inspection reports for restaurants from Deptford to Franklin, from Swedesboro to Williamstown. The reports, which are updated daily, can be found online on Philly.com through the Inquirer's Clean Plates project, a searchable database that also contains inspection evaluations for restaurants in Philadelphia and Bucks County. More area counties are to be added as their databases become accessible.
NEWS
May 4, 2016
ISSUE | RESTAURANTS Post inspections Kudos to the Inquirer and Philly.com and their Clean Plates web page for providing access to the results of inspections of area restaurants. However, the public may need more information. For example, I recently walked by a restaurant near City Hall that had 19 illness-risk and retail violations, yet it was doing a booming lunch business. Food poisoning is horrendous to recover from, and I urge the Inquirer to continue publishing restaurant inspection reports.
NEWS
December 31, 2015
By Michael Nadol and Edward M. Dunham Jr. In 2015, a series of audits and investigative reports have highlighted ongoing challenges and flaws in Philadelphia's Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I). These efforts largely followed up on previous expert reviews by Mayor Nutter's Special Independent Advisory Commission and City Council. Outside the spotlight's glare, the city has been actively working to rebuild and reform its building safety programs: Annual funding for L&I has increased from $21.5 million to $31.5 million over the past three years - with authorized positions up from 300 to 384. A comprehensive technology upgrade has been launched, and the first phase is operational.
NEWS
December 24, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas and Al Lubrano, STAFF WRITERS
The Inspector General's Office found that the Department of Licenses and Inspections failed to follow proper demolition guidelines in nearly 80 percent of cases reviewed over a nine-month period, according to an audit released Tuesday. The audit was launched in response to an Inquirer story, published on Oct. 25, that reported that same rate of mishandled inspections. The Inquirer story was based on the paper's own review of L&I records. The Inspector General's report concluded that "the most significant finding of the audit is that in 57 of 100 permits, inspectors improperly passed at least one inspection that should have been waived or failed.
NEWS
November 25, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
United Hospital Supply Corp., a family-run Burlington, N.J., company that makes and designs metal cabinets and furniture for laboratories and offices, faces a proposed fine of $181,500 for 21 worker health and safety violations - most of them serious and repeat violations - the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational and Safety and Health Administration said Monday. "The willful and repeat violations cited during these latest inspections were identified in 2010 at United Health Supply Corp.'s facility," Paula Dixon-Roderick, OSHA's area director in Marlton, said in a statement.
NEWS
October 28, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter ordered the city's inspector general Monday to investigate if the Department of Licenses and Inspections has followed new safety rules put in place after the deadly Center City building collapse. The mandate stems from a report in Sunday's Inquirer that L&I failed to properly inspect more than 80 percent of private demolitions over the last nine months. Nutter called the Inquirer report "tremendously troubling. " He vowed to hold officials and inspectors accountable, depending on what Inspector General Amy Kurland discovers.
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