Risk management professionals who are involved in constructionprojects, especially those for commercial properties, have manyconcerns but one of the most important is the safety of thebuilding.

Risk managers need to be sure that the building is on a solidfoundation and that the materials used are not defective.

Structural failures can impose a danger to life, health, orproperty. The following checklist is one that risk managers,contractors, project managers and underwriters can use to helpprevent construction defects and to ensure that buildings aresafe.

Building codes

Every jurisdiction has enacted a building code designed to providesafe buildings to local residents. Some states, such as Alabama andNew York, for example, have statewide building codes while otherstates rely on local governments to regulate building in theirmunicipalities.

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