Originally Posted By: jpeck
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While the HI should not be intimidates by the engineer, having the engineer design the repair "AND" (this IS the CRITICAL part) after the repair is done, inspect it and issue a letter stating that the repair was done in accordance with the design, removes the HI from the liability food chain.
The engineer designed it, signed and sealed it.
The builder screwed it up by cutting corners.
The engineer came back and accepted it as being in accordance with their design, or changed their design to match the 'as built' work.
The engineer "bought it", and the contractor is responsible also.
The HI is responsible only if they provided the engineer's or contractor's names as a recommendation.
I've questioned many an "engineered repair", and my report stands. The engineer responds with a second letter confirming it meets the requirements for that use and their design. THEY "bought it", I am free of it. My client knows I don't agree with the engineer. It is now up to the client to decide to accept it or go further up the food chain and call in their own engineer so they can either confirm or dispute the first engineer's position.
Don't be afraid to make a stand, but be prepared to let the engineer "win", unless you are also an engineer and are doing engineering on that structure.
Protest too much and you will become responsible for the entire structure. NOT something anyone should want to do.