PE No. 35683, Special Inspector No. 1177

Case No. 2018019986

Licensee was charged with violating Section 471.033(1)(a), Florida Statutes by violating Rule 61G15-29.001, Florida Administrative Code, preparing a certification with inaccurate statements. Licensee signed, dated, and sealed a Certificate of Compliance for construction of stair railings. The Certificate stated that “To the best of my knowledge and belief, the construction of all structural load-bearing components described in the threshold inspection plan complies with the permitted documents.” The stair railings were completed in a manner which was materially different than was called out on the permitted documents. There was a conflict on the drawings concerning the spacing of the rail posts. Additionally, a welded plate connection had been substituted during constriction. The Certificate indicated the stair railings were a part of his threshold inspection services. The star railings were not part of the “Structural Inspection Plan” prepared by the Engineer of Record and specifically excluded the stair railings from the required inspections. Licensee admits that the railings were not installed in accordance with the permitted drawings.

Ruling: This case was presented to the full Board upon a Settlement Stipulation. The Board imposed Administrative Costs of $1,160.75, a Reprimand, Appearance before the Board, successful completion of the Basic Engineering Professionalism and Ethics course and the Board’s Study Guide. Final Order was issued on Aug. 15, 2019.

Violation: Section 471.033(1)(a), Florida Statutes, and Rule 61G15-29.001, Florida Administrative Code