First - I really appreciate this forum. The discussions here are great - sometimes quick & easy and sometimes with a lot of depth. Also appreciate the variety of perspectives we each see the same industry. So thank you. Also - my question today isn't concerned about the people on this forum. It's clear that you care and are knowledgeable, so wanted to lay that out there.
At what point am I obligated to report negligence?
I've seen some projects out for bid that are five-story apartments with NFPA 13D issued on the drawings. I've seen hazard criteria that is (black and white) below code minimums out of NFPA 13. Underground pipe stretching 40 feet before stubbing up into a building. Not small things-big things.
Not just missing the mark - but clearly unprofessional and probably considered to be gross negligence by some lawyers (I am not one). They're signed/sealed and put out to the world for bid.
I don't see this all the time, but it does come up. I'm not an AHJ but my guess is they'd have much worse horror stories. These things can all be corrected - RFIs or plan review or with inspections. But at what point is something so far off that it's not a mistake and is actually something that should be reported?
Are AHJs handling these things behind the scenes and I just don't know about it?
I don't want to be the bad guy and I don't feel like it's my personal fight to stand in front of each state board and state a case why someone else missed something. But at what point do I become part of the problem if I don't report it?
Do states have anonymous tips for the license boards?
Has anyone gone this route with any real effect?
Again I want to be part of the solution, not the problem, but I also don't quite feel like this is my life's crusade either. I am curious how others would go about addressing this issue and what advice you might offer to a younger person in the industry. Appreciate the conversation, thanks.
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