I agree with Fountain on this. If an engineer is RETAINED to assess a
structure and didn't say anything THEN he/she would be liable but any other
time it is the property owners responsibility to hire an engineer or take
From: Fountain Conner <fconner(--nospam--at)pcola.gulf.net>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Date: Friday, May 21, 1999 2:24 PM
Subject: Re: New Survey - Please participate
>Let's rephrase the question with another profession or two.
>If a doctor walks down the street and sees a sick person, should he report
>it? If not, should he be prosecuted? Suppose that person has HIV or AIDS?
> In California, such reporting would (AB403, 1985) subject him to a $10,000
>fine and a year in jail.
>How about a clergyman when he observes a lost soul? A politician when he
>is aware of unethical behavior, say fund-raising? A newscaster who doesn't
>report the truth, because his boss has an agenda -- How about his boss --
>What commonly happens to "whistle-blowers?
>Back to the subject survey... What do you propose to do with the results?
>I'd prefer to address and solve the design or construction or moral or
>medical or ethical *problem* than conduct a witch hunt.
>Fountain E. Conner, P.E.
>Gulf Breeze, Fl. 32561
>> From: Roger Turk <73527.1356(--nospam--at)compuserve.com>
>> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
>> Subject: New Survey - Please participate
>> Date: Friday, May 21, 1999 10:52 AM
>> Shafat wrote:
>> . > Please participate in our new ONE question survey at our web site at:
>> . > http://www.seaint.org
>> . > If an engineer observes an unsafe structure and choose NOT to report
>> . > to the authorities, should that engineer be prosecuted?
>> . > Please go to <http://www.seaint.org/>our web site and let us know.