In an effort to overcome what the Utah Chapter of Associated General Contractors described as deteriorating ethics in the construction industry by general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, the organization has formed an Ethics Advisory Committee.

Richard J. Thorn, chapter general manager, said the committee consists of general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers and already has met to discuss delayed monthly payments to subcontractors, unwarranted backcharges, poor workmanship, chiseling of subcontractors, architects not holding the line on required sub-bid lists after bid opening, poor-quality bidding documents and greed at all levels.Thorn said the AGC plans to develop guidelines to address these and other appropriate subjects and invite all contractors, whether or not they are AGC members, to look closely at their business practices and determine if they are doing their part to encourage ethical practices in the industry.

"The purpose of this committee is to improve the level of skill, integrity and responsibility in the construction industry," said Thorn.

Serving as committee chairman is Jerry Lawrence of Beck Street Construction Co., who also spearheaded the establishment of the group.

Other members are Mike Tolboe, Tolboe Construction; Chuck Culp, Culp Construction; Abel Paulsen, Finn B. Paulsen Inc.; Bruce Tingey, Hogan and Tingey Construction; Mace Johnson, Acme Crane Rental; Bob Mollerup, Linford Brothers Glass; Bob Taylor, CCI Mechanical; Tim Whitaker, Builders Bid Service; Kent Bills, Fred A. Moreton Co.; and Richard Lowe, president of the Utah Society of the American Institute of Architects.