Department of Buildings issues warning for construction sites during high winds

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NEW YORK — The Department of Buildings is urging caution near construction sites as gusting winds blow into the city.

Wind gusts in excess of 40 miles will begin Saturday night and last through Monday evening for the five boroughs, Long Island, northern New Jersey and the Connecticut coastline.

The winds could blow down power lines and trees.

The DOB issued a statement Saturday evening to remind builders, contractors, crane operators and property owners to make sure their construction sites are secured.

Officials say they will be performing spot-check inspections to make sure facilities are secure throughout the city. The department reports it will take action by issuing violations and Stop Work Orders.

Building owners are urged to contact a professional to determine how to secure construction sites.

New Yorkers who suspect a building or property has been structurally compromised are asked to call 911.