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Wisconsin Does Not Require Special Safety Inspections for Building Projects

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Wisconsin is one of only a few states that does not require specialized safety inspections on structures. According to The Sentinel, "Wisconsin is among a minority of states that has exempted projects from that portion of international building codes, which call for the independent testing."

This exemption is a concern, especially in light of the collapse of a concrete panel at O'Donnell Park that killed a 15-year-old. Now, there is a call to make the special inspections a requirement. The current system requires contractors to assert that their work meets all requirements.

In the O'Donnell Park incident, investigators are having a difficult time determining who was at fault for what happened. Every party involved is claiming that the blame lies with another party. The family of 15-year-old Jarod Kellner has hired a lawyer, who is investigating possible premises liability claims.