Hyatt Regency Walkways Collapse (Texas A&M University Engineering Ethics Case

TitleHyatt Regency Walkways Collapse (Texas A&M University Engineering Ethics Case
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsNational Academy of Engineering, OEC
PublisherNational Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCivil , ENGINEERING , professional , PUBLIC
AbstractBriefly describes the engineering disaster of the Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse. The judge presiding over the case found the structural engineers involved in the project guilty of gross negligence, and how the American Society of Engineers ruled after the collapse that structural engineers should be held responsible for all aspects of structural safety in their building designs. The case shows how engineers can be held responsible not only for their own conduct, but also for the conduct of others under their supervision.
NotesCase from Harris, Charles, Michael Pritchard and Michael Rabins. Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2000. Available from website
Abbreviated Case NameEditorial