Stadium designer 'incompetent, negligent'

Last updated 12:07 15/07/2014

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The engineer who designed the original Stadium Southland has been expelled from the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (Ipenz).

Ipenz said its disciplinary committee had found Anthony Stanley Major had acted incompetently and negligently, potentially causing loss of life.

The roof structures of the stadium collapsed in September 2010 after a snowstorm.

During construction of Major's design, the stadium roof had sagged, Ipenz said.

Major redesigned the building, observed the construction and certified it as compliant with the building code.

The disciplinary committee found Major's attitudes and competencies remained below the standards expected of a professional member of Ipenz.

The Ipenz code of ethics requires members to have a duty of care to protect life and to safeguard people, to undertake duties with professionalism and integrity, and to work within their levels of competence.

Major did none of these things, the committee said.

As well as being expelled from the institution, Major was required to pay Ipenz all costs related to the inquiry and disciplinary process.

The disciplinary committee hearing was held on December 6, 2013, but Major appealed.

An appeal committee declined it on Wednesday last week.

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- The Southland Times


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