General Contractor Liability
Where general contractors exercise control over a work site, they have an obligation to do so in a safe manner. California laws require that they must do this in several ways. They must provide safe workplaces. They also must “sequence” trades in ways that don’t create hazards for each trade working on the job site.
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When general contractors fail to do this and when their actions cause serious personal injury, the lawyers at Butler Viadro, LLP, hold them accountable. The cases handled by our Oakland law firm involve many different factors, including the ones listed below:
- Noncompliance with OSHA regulations/OSHA violations: When a general contractor through his work creates, controls or has the ability to correct a hazard, it can be cited by OSHA where his actions expose employees of another contractor to hazards that are involved in the work.
- Failure to properly sequence subcontractors on the job site: The activities of one subcontractor can put another at risk. For this reason, it is critical that the work of subcontractors be sequenced properly. When it is not, the general contractor can be held accountable.
- Failure to maintain a safe job site: There are many ways that workers can be injured on a job site that would implicate a general contractor. General contractors are often responsible for providing adequate lighting, job site access, housekeeping, perimeter safety rails, traffic control, floor openings, and many other situations. At times, they also provide equipment (e.g., scaffolding, lifts) for other trades to use. When a work site is hazardous, the general contractor is often to blame.
All contractors on site are obligated to follow OSHA regulations. They all share the obligation equally, but general contractors can be cited if an employee of a subcontractor is injured. The important question is, who created the hazard? Whose actions exposed workers to the hazards that caused personal injury?
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