Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Quality Control Manager Convicted for Defective Materials

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The article excerpted and linked below provides a cautionary tale to those of us in the BUILT industry.  With BIM emerging as the new standard of care in the industry cases like this will be easier to prove, though hopefully less common.  Transparency is the best policy and sunlight is the best disinfectant.  Clearly there should have been more here.  The man was convicted of a felony, fined $131K and sentenced to a year of home detention.  Ouch.

Rivas had been the director of quality control for Pennsylvania-based Frederick Precast Concrete, Inc., which produced precast concrete drainage structures for building projects such as the Wilson Bridge project and Interstate 70 near Baltimore.But the materials failed to conform to state-approved specifications, according to a federal investigation. Some structures contained the wrong amounts and types of steel rebar, while others had unapproved wire mesh as the foundation for the concrete instead of stronger steel rebar.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/dc/2011/12/man-fined-131k-subpar-concrete-wilson-bridge/2038796#ixzz1hq65MXje

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