Dodgy certifiers or a knee jerk political expediency that might miss the trarget?
Firstly no one has yet provided a definitive report as to what has failed, how it failed, why it failed or the root causes behind the failure/s.
Secondly, not all certifiers are dodgy!
Thirdly the failure may not relate to how the certifiers performed on this project, even if they are considered to be unreliable on past performance?
Perhaps the root cause once the investigations are complete lies with government. The need to have in place adequate independent regulatory bodies that have the resources and legal ability to act is fundamental.
A major structural failure of a multi story building is at best a financial disaster. Worse if there are lives at risk.
For the residential high rise construction industry, many of the developers, main contractors and larger sub-contractors are concerned with short term gain. Companies and trust structures can move millions, limit personal liability and operations Phoenix.
Perhaps the community needs to put more stringent constraints on how these businesses operate and on whom can own, manage and control any business involved in high rise construction.
Firstly to ensure there are responsible and publically accountable individuals in all roles that gain financially from the business.
Secondly to ensure that only regulated business that can meet management and operational standards are accepted into the industry. By this I don’t mean a ‘Builder’s Gold Card’ as per Qld legislation. That is too trivial and weak in it’s application in my view for a high risk building.
Thirdly to provide penalties for failure to comply that apply to the individuals responsible for the business that are proportionate. Eg If the repairs to a building through a deliberate act or omission come to tens of millions of dollars. How does that compare to the crime of theft or embezzlement of a similar amount? Jail time and years to serve. A 12 month suspension as suggested by the NSW Govt from work as a certifier for a breech seems trivial as a penalty?
A high rise residential building has the same level of risk as a major high level bridge over Sydney Harbour. These buildings require the same degree of professional respect!
Ouch! was that a book? Better luck on the next job!