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Stop Work Orders Part 2

In the second half of this article, we will continue to discuss stop work orders, and what they mean for contractors. As construction attorneys in Orlando, we want contractors to be aware of these orders, and how to work with them. To view the first half of this article, please visit Part 1.

Stop Work Order: Termination By Convenience

As we mentioned in the previous half of this article, most of the time stop work orders will convert into termination by convenience. When this happens, a contractor must remember to follow these steps:

  • Cease working immediately
  • Issue stop work orders to subcontractors
  • Meet with subcontractors to make clear all contractual issues
  • Do an inventory of all material that you could be responsible for
  • Submit a termination claim that will permit you to recoup some of the costs incurred during the stop work order
  • Keep a record of the subcontractor’s updated schedules to avoid unnecessary claims

Stop Work Order Key Points

  • Stop work orders can be issued to protect other buildings, tenants, and workers from any unsafe conditions
  • A written document will be issued that will explain the reasons for the order and the affected areas
  • It is important for contractors to have a paper trail that shows all of the necessary decisions and steps taken to fix the issue
  • Stop work orders will minimize the risk of a breach when added in the contract
  • Fines will be given if stop work orders are not followed
  • One of the reasons for a stop work order is if an inspector discovers a hazardous substance that may harm employees
  • In some occasions, remedial work will be allowed to enhance the site’s safety
  • Sometimes, stop work orders will be issued only for part of the project or a specific task
  • To lift a stop work order, a contractor may need to have a re-inspection which could incur extra charges
  • A start order will be given once all issues have been corrected

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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