Engineers Escape Liability For Shaky Foundation

Posted on December 23, 2010 by | 0 Comments

Tim O'Dwyer M.A., LL.B OPINION
by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B
Consumer Advocate

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What to do if you find that the warehouse and office complex you bought 12 months ago is suffering substantial structural distress? No doubt you would immediately engage engineers to investigate.

When this disturbing scenario really did happen the engineers duly reported that water-front buildings, as this was, were commonly susceptible to subsidence.  Such buildings require special care in the design and placement of their foundations.  It was later discovered that the original owner, for whom the building was constructed, had refused to pay for recommended soil samplings. The results of these might have prompted someone to ensure the foundations were secure against subsidence.

The new owners had to carry out expensive repairs on their sagging building, before taking legal advice on suing the consulting engineers who may have been negligent in designing the building.

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