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Engineer tied to collapse of Dallas Cowboys facility paying $12,000 to settle with state board

I don’t think this is over…

DALLAS — The engineer who signed off on plans for the tent-like Dallas Cowboys practice facility that collapsed and seriously injured two team employees three years ago is paying a $12,000 fine to settle faulty design charges from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.

In the consent order in which he agreed to the fine, Tabak neither admitted nor denied allegations that numerous elements in the plans for the building didn’t comply with engineering standards. The allegations were developed for the board by W. Gene Corley of Skokie, Ill., a structural engineer who led investigations into the World Trade Center attack and the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.

“It appears that (Tabak) signed and sealed design plans for the facility that were not prepared in a careful and diligent manner,” the order states.

Tabak could have contested the fine in a hearing in front of an administrative law judge but chose not to.