Limited Field Inspection vs. Public Safety

by Kenneth L. Carper, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Architectural Structures, College of Engrg., Wash. State Univ., Pullman, Wash.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 5, Pg. 52-55

Document Type: Feature article


The traditional role of the design engineer in providing field inspection services has been an important component of public safety in the construction industry. The various aspects of quality control addressed by adequate inspection are reviewed. Recent trends within the industry have diminished the involvement of the designer during the construction phase. Alternatives which provide less than adequate field inspection are discussed, along with the inherent potential for a negative impact on public safety. There is no acceptable alternative to provision of inspection, and no one better qualified to address all aspects of inspection than the design engineer.

Subject Headings: Public health and safety | Inspection | Occupational safety | Construction industry | Quality control

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