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Hi Bill,

I have found this paper to have good info on professional responsibility of
structural engineers although it does not directly address the important
issue that you bring up.


 I have heard another story years ago that if you are a registered P.E. and
you are walking on the street and see that a  parapet in a building  which
has nothing to do with you, is unstable and might fall and cause harm you
need to report it.  Do you or anyone else knows more about this. Is there
any facts to this story of liability of P.E.'s ?

Best wishes as always.


On Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM, Bill Polhemus <bill(--nospam--at)> wrote:

> I've been wracking my brain trying to recall details of a story I heard a
> few years back regarding engineers making jobsite visits, and the
> assumption
> of liability on their part for doing so.
> I seem to recall a story about an engineer visiting a construction job, 
> and being sued for legal malfeasance resulting from an injury accident
> occurring
> on a part of the project (or perhaps a separate project simultaneously
> occurring) with which he was not actually involved.
> Anyone remember that? Or have any other interesting examples of how just
> being an engineer in the wrong place/wrong time turned into a tale of woe? 
> William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
> 5


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2013 Minner Faculty Fellow in Engineering Ethics and Social/Professional
 Responsibility and
2013-14 U.S. Fulbright Senior Research Scholar
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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University of California,
Berkeley,  CA 94720-1710, USA
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