Environmental Exposure

by Jeffery M. Slivka, Asst. Vice Pres.; ECS Underwriting Inc., Exton, PA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 9, Pg. 53-55

Document Type: Feature article


The increasing risk of environmental liability calls for engineers and contractors to include environmental risk management as part of a firm's business procedure, even if they don't work specifically on environmental projects. In particular, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, roadway and building contractors face environmental risk on a number of fronts. To combat this risk, several preventative measures can be taken. First, contractors need to acknowledge the validity of the risk. Workers also need to be educated and trained to avoid and handle environmental hazards. Project owners can avert disaster by making sure an environmental assessment study is made of the site. Finally, indemnification and insurance can protect contractors and project owners from liability. Taking these recommended measures can prevent environmental damage and help reduce the time and money lost through legal disputes.

Subject Headings: Contractors and subcontractors | HVAC | Environmental issues | Liability | Owners | Project management | Highway and road conditions | Highways and roads

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