Unfortunately, for construction business owners, the construction industry is rife with litigation pitfalls. This is because buildings rarely only have one or two parties involved. Instead, with the ever-increasing costs associated with the Orlando, Florida, construction processes, there are often multiple parties involved: lenders, workers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, developers, law firms, etc. And, with every interaction, contract or the swing of a hammer, business litigation can happen. But, there is one way to avoid business litigation based on construction worksite accidents.
When you hear about a dangerous condition, fix it
If you see a dangerous condition, block it off and then, immediately have it mitigated or eliminated. If a worker or other third-party lets you know about a dangerous condition, do the same, immediately. Though, in that case, you may need to assign that worker and their crew to a different construction task or alternative worksite. Do not force your Orlando, Florida, employees, contractors or subcontractors to work in dangerous conditions. That can cause litigation.
Workers can refuse to work
If a dangerous condition is extremely dangerous, your workers may be empowered by OSHA regulations to refuse to work. This will cause you construction delays that could lead to business litigation. And, if you retaliate against that employee, that could also lead to business litigation. This is why it is so important to mitigate or eliminate dangerous workplace conditions the moment you become aware of them.
Safety is key
Employers have a duty to provide a safe work environment, even on construction sites. Of course, they will never be 100% safe, but employers must endeavor to keep them as safe as possible and follow all federal, state and local safety regulations. Not doing so can cause unneeded delays, which will only lead to Orlando, Florida, litigation.