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Legal Column. Engineer's Design Responsibilities and Fitness for Purpose

Suppose that an owner of industrial premises asks a structural engineer to design a warehouse floor so as to withstand the loads of heavy plant and machinery. The engineer recommends a type of flooring manufactured by a well known floor supplier. The contractor installs it. Six months later cracks appear. Experts are called in. No one can say what the cause of the problem is, since there appears to be no faulty installation and the flooring material used is well known and generally recommended. Ian R. Yule