Saturday, September 21, 2013

BLUE LAWS FOR ENGINEERS

BLUE LAWS FOR ENGINEERS

(Code of Hammurabi, King of Babylon, about 2250 B.C.)



If a builder build a house for a man and do not make its construction firm, and the house which he has built collapse and cause the death of the owner of the house, that builder shall be put to death.

If it causes the death of a son of the owner of the house, they shall put to death a son of that builder.

If it causes the death of a slave of the owner of the house, he shall give to the owner of the house a slave of equal value.

If it destroys property, he shall restore whatever it destroyed, and because he did not make the house which he built firm and it collapsed, he shall rebuild the house which collapsed at his own expense.

If a builder build a house for a man and do not make its construction meet the requirements and a wall fall in, that builder shall strengthen that wall at his own expense.

If a builder build a boat for a man and he do not make its construction seaworthy and that boat meet with a disaster in the same year in which it was put into commission, the builder shall reconstruct that boat and he shall strengthen it at his own expense and he shall give the boat when strengthened to the owner of the boat.

If a man neglect to strengthen his dyke and do not strengthen it, and a break be made in his dyke and the water carry away the farmland, the man in whose dyke the break has been made shall restore the grain which he has damaged.

If he be not able to restore the grain, they shall sell him and his goods, and the farmers whose grain the water has carried away shall share (the results of the sale).

If a man opens his canal for irrigation and neglect it and the water carry away an adjacent field, he shall measure out grain on the basis of the adjacent fields. 

— (Harper's Edition.)



Source: Quarterly Bulletin, Bureau of Public Works Manila 1915

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