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Thanks for the anecdote, it was very timely.

I essentially turned away a job, to the chagrin of some in the office,
because the owner wanted us to replace a wind-damaged roof with (drum-roll)
the SAME THING, signed/sealed to the latest building code! The customer
would not discuss if there were pending lawsuits over the original failure
and they didn't want to discuss a failure investigation to mitigate the
possibility of a similar failure the second time.

I felt the little red light moving to the centre of my forehead as the
lawyers adjusted their aim ...

Paul Ransom, P.Eng.
ph 905 639-9628
fax 905 639-3866

> From: Stan Caldwell <stancaldwell(--nospam--at)>

> 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?
> Regards,
> Stan

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