Architects, engineers are Good Samaritans, finally
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 5:06 PM
Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill into law last week that is a victory for architects and engineers who have long sought protection from lawsuits when they provide disaster assistance. The Good Samaritan law makes architects, engineers and a range of property experts members of a disaster relief crew called the Iowa Building Safety Assessment & Failure Evaluation (B-SAFE) team. As members of the team they will be protected from liability lawsuits under the Iowa Tort Claims Act. "This legislation opens the door for licensed architects to give back to their communities by using their professional skills and talents. We have over 60 members of the American Institute of Architects in Iowa trained and ready to assist by assessing damage to buildings and other structures in emergency situations," Tom Hurd, who is chairman of Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects' disaster assistance committee, said in a release.