The Effect of Contract Wording on Inspector Liability

by Lawrence J. Green, (A.M.ASCE), Vice Pres.; Construction Management, J.C. Zimmerman Engrg. Corp., 858 E. 120th Ave., Denver, Colo. 80233,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 47-53

Document Type: Journal Paper


Design professionals should endeavor not to write burdensome or inaccurate contracts; i.e., those that inaccurately describe duties. Inspector liability is not relieved by ambiguity in the wording of a contract. The answer to reduced inspector liability lies not in the type of contract or wording of the contract but in the quality and quantity of inspection. It is argued that while it is necessary to write more accurate and descriptive contracts, words are not to be depended upon as protection from the losing end of a lawsuit. It is stated that better inspection is a better protection from such losses.

Subject Headings: Contracts | Liability | Inspection | Architect/Engineers | Litigation

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