The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 54 (1976) > Issues > Issue 11 > Discussion on Lessons to be Learned form Construction Industry Claims by G.W. White and E.W. Hitcham
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Discussion on Lessons to be Learned form Construction Industry Claims by G.W. White and E.W. Hitcham

Mr. Alan Shilston (Consulting Civil Engineer) : Insurance and the mechanism of insurance claims is a subject the consulting engineering side of the industry ought to know something about. If one tries to understand anything about insurance, it is important to find out what are the background controlling general principles and then to explore how those broad principles relate to that sector of the insurance world concerned with the construction industry. I will indicate my impressions: these should be regarded as tentative since it is far from easy to identify what broad unanimity does exist amongst insurers. I attribute this to the inherently specialized character of the various sectors within the insurance market. My contribution is confined to discussing the scope of the principles that are thought to apply. It would be helpful if the authors, supported by their colleagues in the industry this evening, could confirm or modify any of the tentative conclusions I have reached.