Safety

GC Liability for Sub’s Employee? Determining Factor is Foreseeability

A New Jersey appellate court, analyzing the claim of an injured sub employee against the general contractor, notes that the pertinent factor is “foreseeability of the risk of injury, both its nature and severity.” In that instance, the court foun… Read More
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Building Owner or Contractor - Who is Liable for Accident Caused by Inadequate Building Component?

A commercial building does not have sufficient anchors for window washing equipment, and the employee of a window washing contractor tragically falls to his death. Is that situation the building owner’s problem or the contractor’s problem? A Cali… Read More
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No Liability from General Control of Site, when Worker is Injured Due to Specific Factors under Subcontractor’s Control

The employee of a lower-tier sub was injured, and sued the general contractor with a claim based on the GC’s general duty of safety on the site. The employee’s claim was based on three specific factors leading to his injury: the rebar pieces he w… Read More
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Clarification on Architect’s/Engineer’s Liability for Safety During Construction

With underlying facts showing less-than-stellar actions on the part of more than one player, the Mississippi Supreme Court has clarified and confirmed the applicable standard for when a design professional should be liable for safety on a constructio… Read More
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A Sobering Reflection on the Dangers of Unsafe Construction

The San Jose Mercury News reports the manslaughter convictions of a construction company owner and project manager, who proceeded with unprotected excavation work in the face of a stop-work order from the local building inspector. According to the ar… Read More
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