The task of keeping workers safe on the job site isn’t an easy one but you must not forget the owner’s safety. The excitement of a project taking shape prompts regular visits. Unfortunately, an owner checking on the construction progress site can suffer fatal injuries if an accident were to happen. This is why contractors must manage risks. Early in the project, set expectations with owners concerning access and ways they can safely check progress.
Knowing the Risk
Construction job sites are dangerous. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) employee rights protect the worker, but not the owner. The owner would be covered by the contractor or developer’s insurance. If an owner gets hurt on site, you must show the contractor made all attempts to maintain a safe environment. Review your site safety and risk management with Jacksonville construction attorneys.
Educating the Owner
Injuries can come from all directions, above, below, and falls. Include language regarding visiting an active construction site in your contract. For the protection of visitors, the crew and the builder, the job site policies must adhere to the contract. Invite owners to visit the job site, but ask that they schedule their visits so a construction team member can escort them around the premises.
Quick Tips for Owner Safety
Here are five tips to help keep owners safe when they visit the job site:
- Emphasize the importance of safety to all customers.
- Guide owners on the tour to manage exposure to possible dangers.
- Coordinate the visits with what’s happening on the site that day.
- Ensure visitors comply with the rules regarding hard hats, closed-toe shoes, and safety goggles for the job site.
- Keep doors locked so others can’t access the site.
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.