Recommended Standards for the Responsibility, Authority, and Behavior of the Inspector

by Joseph Goldbloom, (F.ASCE), Chairman and Chf. Spec. Engr.; Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglas, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 2, Pg. 359-364

Document Type: Journal Paper


The standards presented in this paper are the Committee's recommendations on what the responsibilities, authority, and behavior of a qualified inspector should be. They also reflect the thinking of those members of the construction industry who participated in a recent comprehensive questionnaire project on the subject. The Committee believes that these recommended standards for inspectors will, if adhered to, materially help to improve working relations and progress on the site and at the same time reduce the delays, extra costs, and inferior construction that plague so many projects. The contractor and the owner assume certain obligations and responsibilities by virtue of their signed agreement. The contractor is required to furnish workmen skilled in the type of work they are to perform. By the same token, the owner is morally bound to furnish a qualified competent team to inspect the contractor's work. Advance knowldge of the inspection team by a bidder during the bidding period will often result in an adjustment to the bid figure.

Subject Headings: Contractors and subcontractors | Construction materials | Construction sites | Professional societies | Owners | Bids | Team building | Construction industry

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