Responsibility in the Construction Industry

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Title: Responsibility in the Construction Industry

Author(s): James Lefter

Publication: Concrete International

Volume: 27

Issue: 4

Appears on pages(s): 57-62

Keywords: design responsibility; construction contracts; partnering; safety

Date: 4/1/2005

Abstract:
The premise of this article is that no member of the Owner/Design Professional/Constructor team knows all responsibilities or levels of risk assumed when entering into a design or construction contract. Court decisions on responsibility differ widely and often do not reflect industry guidelines. The author suggests back-up systems of responsibility and provides recommendations to promote teamwork in design and construction of major projects.