The collapse of an old building in Clinton in western Missouri brings questions about how regularly buildings in the state are inspected for structural problems. Rita Swearingen with the International Code Council, a not-for-profit group that trains building inspectors and suggests construction building codes to local governments, says the inspections are done on a limited basis. And, Swearingen points out there are is no uniform building code throughout Missouri – It’s up to the local governments to decide. She says a uniform statewide code might be handy but stops short of recommending Missouri do that. Swearingen does admit she has had conversations with the State Fire Marshal to look at doing just that.
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