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The city Buildings Department has eliminated a quarter of its workforce since 2022 — and many of the jobs were held by inspectors who are supposed to identify issues with structures before a potential collapse.

The troubling revelation surfaced Tuesday during a meeting of the City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings — and panel Chairwoman Pierina Ana Sanchez said data shows that the DOB is falling behind in identifying problematic buildings as the number of inspectors falls.

“We see the impact,’’ she said.

In the first four months of this year, the DOB issued 2,225 stop-work orders — a 36 percent decrease from the same period in 2023.

“The average wait time for a construction inspection increased to three days, while average wait times for plumbing inspections increased to 2.6 days, and electrical inspections increased to 4.0 days,” too, she said.

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