Civil engineers help to create and improve the structure of the buildings. All buildings need to be strengthened over time, to keep people in or around the building safe. Maintaining buildings also helps to minimized the damaged done to buildings in natural disasters and can even keep the buildings standing strong. As a civil engineer working at a company, it will consist of multiple ethical responsibilities in the field.
An ethical responsibility that civil engineers face when working on a project is safety. When creating a design or when improving and maintaining a building, it is important to consider the safety of the community. Being responsible for the safety of others, also means correctly viewing, accepting, and changing the design of the building. Being sure that the building will be well structured, strong, and stable is the most important thing needed to keep the community safe. The ethical responsibility for safety was neglected on July 17th, 1981, where more than 100 people were killed when two walk ways in the Hyatt Regency Kansas City Hotel collapsed. It is said that the reason that the walkway collapsed was because of design changes, poor communication, and poor calculations. The engineers would make design changes over the phone. These changes were unprofessional because of the they were not documented on the planner. The changes were not visual to everybody involved in the project either. The engineer’s ignorance of the safety of others caused them and their firms to get their licensed revoked. Change of plans should always be written down and well calculated in order to avoid any horrific events again.
Equality and Respect
Equality and respect towards a coworker or employee is an ethical responsibility that civil engineers must encounter. Civil Engineers must be able to treat all of their workers and coworkers with equality, and still be able to respect a person regardless of the person’s race, religion, gender, and age. Seeing their workers and coworkers with equality will help to run the project smoothly. If a person would come to have any doubt of the project, being able to question the group without receiving any disrespect is a very important feature that a team must have. A team with equal respect between each other is the best way to keep the project running smoothly and effectively. Civil engineers always have to work with a group of people, so being able to respect all kinds of people no matter what, is a must for a civil engineers.
Working as a civil engineer comes with ethical responsibilities that all civil engineers must follow. Not following these ethical responsibilities can cause horrific accidents in the project. Also another down side of not acknowledging these responsibilities can also lead to a revoke of an engineer’s license, and can also create a negative display towards the firm. All these ethical responsibilities should be followed as strictly as possible to keep the project running as effectively as possible.