Some events make you want to recite the old song: "Things that Make You Go Hmmmmmm".
Washington State did not require engineering firms to have the design and construction of building cranes inspected prior to the Bellevue accident in which Microsoft employee Matt Ammon was killed in his Bellevue top-floor condominium.
That event has thankfully sponsored the long-overdue inspection and permitting process to be overhauled.
The Seattle Times reports:
"The sponsor of the crane bill in Olympia, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, said the legislation takes aim at the apparent cause of the Bellevue collapse.
Tower cranes would require inspections before and after each setup and crane owners would need an engineer's approval before using nonstandard bases.
Some employers and unions already require operators to be certified, but the state does not.
To get certified under the bill, operators would have to take practical and written exams, pass drug tests and have at least 2,000 hours of experience.
Their equipment would also have to pass annual load tests and inspections and additional examinations after major repairs or modifications."
It is unbelievable that Washington left the safety and security of the public in the hands of for-profit corporations, and had no oversight on matters of life and death.
We want to say: "DUH".