From Building networks
We’ve become rather scared of the word “liability” – afraid to sign documents like PS3s or 12As – who knew that paper could be so scary! Some Councils are even afraid to sign Certificates of Acceptance (even though they can limit their liability in doing so to what they have been able to see! But haven’t we always been potentially liable for work we have done or not done – for building items we have inspected or failed to see?
If we have done the right thing by the client and ourselves then what is the real issue? Is it that we have a systemic culture of short changing the clients this leading to problems for everyone down the track. Or are we just slack – far too casual in NZ to take compliance seriously?
Think about these scenarios – are these folk liable for their actions?
And all of these tiny small decisions to do the wrong thing have led to headaches, heartaches and in many cases building failure. No wonder the Hunn Report of 2002 says we have a systemic problem in the building industry and another decade has done little to improve behaviour – just made more paperwork and more folk scared.
Should the people above be worried about liability – YES – because at the heart of it they know what they have done is wrong but have got away with it – that is until a building surveyor has come along and reviews the facts and discovers the deceit. Professional indemnity cannot redeem professional negligence.
Hot Tip: If you want to avoid liability – do the right thing – be transparent
If you want to know more about liability and protecting yourself come along to our
Power Up Breakfast session 22 June 2016 in Auckland