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How to Reduce Liability During a Construction Project

Posted by Kevin Shoemaker on Feb 10, 2020 11:28:40 AM


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Even the most professional of construction sites can be riddled with safety issues. This is not necessarily the fault of the company. Rather, it's a reality of construction work. If you're in charge, however, that doesn't mean you should just allow accidents to happen. As a supervisor, it's your duty to minimize injuries, and as a business leader, it's your responsibility to reduce liability as much as possible. The following list includes some strategies to accomplish these goals.

Follow OSHA Standards

One of your most important responsibilities as a supervisor or business owner is to follow all OSHA standards. OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Act, was enacted to protect construction workers and others from as much danger as possible. It obligates construction companies to see that all standards of safety are taken into consideration. For example, these include providing harnesses to workers who are operating at dangerous heights such as the roof of a home. In addition, OSHA standards require a lockout/tagout system for workplaces that deal with machinery. By following these standards, you can protect your employees, and you'll be able to present evidence that you were not negligent if a worker is injured.

Business Insurance

Any company or individual that operates professionally on a construction site needs to obtain business insurance for financial protection. When shopping around for business insurance, it should be noted that the coverage must protect you from multiple types of injuries and damages sustained by various parties. For example, your insurance must be able to cover not only your employees but also visitors as well. You never know when a client walking around your site may trip or be hit by a piece of construction material.

Don't Rush Construction

One of the most common reasons why accidents happen on a construction site is because of poor workmanship. This is largely due to supervisors requiring workers to work faster in order to keep on schedule. Of course, that leads to mistakes in the construction process, and these lead to accidents. Therefore, it is highly recommended for supervisors and business leaders to understand that pushing for faster work might not only stall the project but also leave them liable for injuries caused by those orders.

Construction projects are inherently dangerous, regardless of how carefully they're pursued. However, there is no reason to avoid implementing the best safety program possible. Failure to do so may leave you liable and have disastrous ripple effects on your business.

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