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Just another example why FPSE doesn’t “certify” anything.


Any report, inspection, etc., we do comes with a HEFTY disclaimer.


Does this guy’s O and E carrier, assuming he has one, know he was

Doing this sort of work with this level of exposure?


It will be in the courts for years.





David L. Fisher SE PE

Senior Principal


Fisher and Partners

372 West Ontario

Suite 301

Chicago 60654


312.622.0409 (m)


312.573.1726 (f)



-----Original Message-----
From: Stan Caldwell [mailto:stancaldwell(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 12:01 AM
To: SEAINT Listserv
Subject: Things could be worse ...


Imagine that you were hired to inspect and certify a re-roofing job on a building that you did not design.  The reason for the re-roofing work was to repair damage caused by Hurricane Rita.  Then imagine that Hurricane Ike damaged the building again.  Now, imagine that you have just received a letter demanding a check for $3,091,985.18.  That actually happened to a structural engineer on July 24, 2009 in Texas.  The demand is from the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.  Payment must be made within 25 days. 


Now then, things don't seem so bleak in your practice.  Do they?