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Inadequate Scaffolding Safety Measures Cited in Georgia Stucco Worker’s Fatal Fall

A 42-year-old construction worker fell to his death in September of 2013 while renovating a dorm at the East Georgia State College in Swainsboro, Georgia. The man toppled 19 feet off scaffolding as he applied stucco to the...more

Federal OSHA Proposes to Take Over Enforcement of Construction Standards in Arizona

On August 21, 2014, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed to revoke its approval of Arizona’s state occupational health and safety plan with respect to construction. If OSHA follows through...more

Ministry of Labour sued for hiring allegedly incompetent inspector

The Ontario Ministry of Labour is facing a negligence suit by the lone survivor of the Christmas Eve, 2009 scaffold collapse that resulted in Metron Construction being fined $750,000.00 for safety violations....more

Alabama Supreme Court Reverses Course, Finds Insurance Coverage for Faulty Workmanship Claims

Companies such as homebuilders, construction companies and contractors face significant financial risk from bodily injury and property damage claims arising from allegedly faulty workmanship or construction defects. Although...more

The Risks at Roadside Construction Zones

Last winter, a construction worker was laying a pipeline on McGinnis Ferry Road in Alpharetta when his coworker accidently ran over him with a backhoe. The worker’s tragic death highlights the dangers of roadside...more

Company fined $25,000 for operating electrical contracting business without license under Electricity Act after apprentice injured

An electrical contractor has been convicted and fined for carrying on an electrical contracting business without being licensed under the Ontario Electricity Act. A young apprentice with the company was seriously...more

No Lawsuit for You! When Subcontractors Cannot Sue the General Contractor

Can a subcontractor sue a general contractor over a work site accident? A recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court loudly and clearly said, "NO." Why not? The court ruled in Patton v. Worthington Associations, Inc....more

Illinois Court Holds Insured Cannot Deselect Insurer In Connection With Underlying Settlement

In its recent decision in AMCO Ins. Co. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 2014 Ill. App. LEXIS 296 (May 5, 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider whether an insurer selected by an insured’s...more

Philadelphia Enacts New Laws Tightening Building and Demolition Regulations

In June 2013, a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed onto a neighboring building, killing six people and injuring 14. Philadelphia’s construction and demolition regulations were closely scrutinized in the...more

Special Concerns In Construction Accidents

Construction accidents can be fundamentally different from other on-the-job injuries. Construction workers who receive L&I benefits and leave it at that may be selling themselves short. ...more

Construction E-Note - October 2, 2013

In This Issue: - Burr Appellate Victory Featured in Constructor Magazine - Fifth Circuit Expected to Soon Rule on Constitutionality of Mississippi’s Stop Notice Statute - No Choice in the Matter - Government...more

$750K Fine For “Extreme” Criminal Negligence: “More Serious” Than OHSA Offences, Says Appeal Court In Metron Construction Fatality...

A $200,000.00 fine was “manifestly unfit”, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled, in raising Metron Construction’s fine to $750,000 for criminal negligence after four workers died on Christmas Eve, 2009. The $200,000 fine...more

More Than 25 Percent Of Construction Site Injuries Go Unreported

Despite the benefits and medical treatment that can typically be obtained through workers' compensation, research shows that construction workers do not always report on-the-job injuries. In findings relevant to workers in...more

West Virginia Reverses Course to Expand Coverage

In the construction industry, small defects in workmanship can result in dramatic losses. For example, water damage losses arising from an improperly installed bathtub could be many times the cost of installing the tub in...more

Mesa Construction Injuries a Summer Threat to Workers

Construction workers are known as a tough group, with physical stamina and quick reaction times practically part of the job description....more

Seventh Circuit Holds Contractor Bodily Injury Exclusion Inapplicable

In its recent decision in Atlantic Casualty Ins. Co. v. Paszko Masonry, Inc., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 11561 (7th Cir. June 7, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit had occasion to consider whether a...more

Alabama Workers' Compensation Applies In Construction Zone Crash?

Construction zone accidents in Alabama happen more frequently than many people may believe. When a worker is injured or killed in one of these collisions, workers' compensation insurance benefits typically apply....more

OSHA Wins: Zone of Danger Creates Employer Liability

On a construction site, isn’t it enough to protect employees from existing hazards? And what does it matter if no one actually got hurt? The Sixth Circuit recently answered these questions: “No it’s not enough,” and...more

Bulldozer Accidents & Other Construction Dangers

Construction equipment accidents are a major concern in New York, as they impact the lives of construction workers, children and anyone else who has an encounter with these large machines. Equipment such as bulldozers can...more

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