NSPE Supports Federal Good Samaritan Protection for Engineers

Monday, March 21, 2011

Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA-8) and Jim Matheson (D-UT-2) introduced the Good Samaritan Protection for Construction, Architectural, and Engineering Volunteers Act (H.R. 1145), which would provide qualified immunity to engineering, architectural, and construction entities volunteering in a declared emergency. The bill was proposed in response to lawsuits against architectural, engineering, and construction firms that volunteered after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. It would protect both individuals and companies. The legislation was first introduced in 2007.

NSPE supports both federal and state Good Samaritan protection for professional engineers volunteering in a declared emergency. For more information, please see NSPE's position statement on Statutes of Repose, Certificate of Merit, Sole Source Workers' Compensation, and Good Samaritan Laws.