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For those of you practicing in California, there is a duty to warn when an
engineer determines that there is an imminent risk of serious injury to the
occupants of a building. This duty continues even if the owner expresses an
intent not to disclose of this risk or take remedial actions. The engineer
still has a duty to warn the identifiable occupants or, if not feasible, to
notify the local buildings official or other appropriate authority of such
(68 Ops.Cal.A.G. 250 9/17/85)

Fred Turner
Staff Structural Engineer
Ca. Seismic Safety Commission
1900 K St. #100 Sacramento, CA 95814
916-327-1606 916-322-9476 Fax