To: mzaitz(--nospam--at)hgbd.com, seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: Disturbing New Trend
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001 20:09:13 EDT
Attention SEAINT list:
History lesson for those of YOU outside of ILLINOIS.
In regards to lawsuits: Illinois use to have a law, THE STRUCTURAL WORK
ACT", that was widely used (OR SHOULD I SAY ABUSED) by lawyers in Job
Site Injury cases.
After a job site injury a construction worker would retain a construction
injury lawyer to sue everyone (yes everyone) remotely connected with the
Structural engineers were routinely sued. The basic defense was you had to
prove in no way shape or form did you supervise, instruct the
One you did You might be held accountable.
Because of this practice many Illinois Engineers did not performed job site
visits as it could expose them to being "in charge of the work"
Fortunately in 1994 with a complete change in the political make-up the
State legislature the "INFAMOUS" - Illinois Structural Work Act was
PS. Reinstatement of the Act is always a possibility if the legislature
was to change.
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