New York City’s Department of Buildings will begin tracking their inspectors using GPS technology embedded in the workers company issued cell phones. The tracking systems will take effect on Monday, by monitoring ten inspectors at first and by the end of the month they plan to be monitoring all 379 inspectors.
The GPS systems are being installed because of an incident concerning an inspector named Edward J. Marquette. Marquette filed a false inspection report on a crane. That crane toppled 11 days later killing seven people.
Buildings Commissioner Robert D. LiMandri said “This new GPS tracking system is a simple, innovative way to ensure inspectors reach their assigned locations and are held accountable for their important work.”
Many of the inspectors are not happy with the news changes. Joseph M. Corso, the president of Local 211 of the Allied Building Inspectors Union has reacted by saying, “Just like the Justice Department monitors parolees and those under house arrest, they’ll have a tracking device,” he said of the inspectors. “We’re going to do all we can to ensure the rights of the membership are covered.”
LiMandri stated that the GPS systems can be made to turn off when the work shift is done, ensuring the inspectors will not be monitored off the job.
One worker said anonymously “If you are where you’re supposed to be, you’ve got nothing to fear.”
(Via the New York Times)