Message - Re: Architect who...? Professional responsibility

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Posted by  JWmHarmon on March 10, 2003 at 21:34:49:

In Reply to:  Re: Architect who...? My contractor does it better..yeah may be posted by Peter B on March 09, 2003 at 14:28:57:

Each of us has a professional responsibility to build in such a way as to insure the structural integrity of each building we build. If you are ultimately responsible for the design of the building, you need to assure yourself that it has been constructed with human safety in mind. You need to check and double check your work.

It is best to have two or three or more other people go over your work with a determination to try to find any potential flaw that could spell disaster. Lives have been lost when well-intentioned people have saved a few dollars here and there without considering the tragic consequences of their errors. Murphy's law applies: "Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong."

I sometimes work with a local contractor on construction projects. We always check each others work to make sure we have not missed something in the effort to be efficient.

If your contractor finds this irritating, just think how much greater the suffering will be if you and he miss a fatal flaw.

Safe building is the responsibility of everyone.

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