Liability of the Resident Engineer

by Robert J. Smith, Wickwire, Gavin & Gibbs, Madison, WI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Role of the Resident Engineer


This paper focuses on specific examples of resident engineer liability situations. It specifically discusses to whom the resident engineer has responsibility, why the law imposes the liability and the legal concepts or theories of liability typically applied. Examples and hindsight are used to attempt to fashion some recommendations for the resident engineer seeking to rationally deal with the liablity issue. And, the notion of personal versus organizational liability are discussed, inasmuch as the liability of the resident engineer may be both individual and organizational. Since judicial treatment of the issues is not at all consistent, the reader is urged to use extreme caution in applying the examples discussed herein.

Subject Headings: Liability | Organizations | Project management | Laws | Construction industry | Contracts | Claims

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