“The Hyatt Horror”: Failure and Responsibility in American Engineering

Title“The Hyatt Horror”: Failure and Responsibility in American Engineering
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsPfatteicher, SKA
JournalJournal of Performance of Constructed Facilities
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number08873828
Accession Number6784988
KeywordsBUILDING , ENGINEERING , ethics , HOTELS , KANSAS , United
AbstractNearly 20 years ago, an elegant Kansas City, Mo., hotel was the site of one of the most famous engineering failures in recent history. The collapse of two elevated walkways in the lobby left 114 people dead and nearly 200 injured, and plunged the engineering profession into a dilemma over how to deal with the engineers who were involved. This article discusses the development of engineering codes of ethics during this period and discussions in the ASCE about the role public welfare should play in the new hierarchy of engineers' responsibilities and shows how how the engineering profession struggled to transform an unspeakable disaster into a powerful, if painful, lesson about the meaning of ethics in engineering.
NotesPfatteicher, Sarah K. A.; Source Info: May2000, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p62; Subject Term: HOTELS; Subject Term: BUILDING failures; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: KANSAS; Subject Term: KANSAS City (Kan.); Subject Term: UNITED States; NAICS/Industry Codes: 721110 Hotels (except Casino Hotels) and Motels; Number of Pages: 5p; Document Type: Article
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