Cell phone usage has permeated nearly all parts of our society. Our endless thirst to stay connected has brought people together and made aspects of life easier, but it’s not without its problems. Cell phones are so easy to use that we are deceived into thinking that we can perform tasks while using them. This dangerous practice has led to unfortunate accidents in many places, including the construction site.
In part one of our series on cell phone policies on construction sites, we talked about safety concerns involving cell phone use. We discussed how a cell phone policy can prevent accidents from occurring and, potentially, save lives.
Beyond safety concerns, there are legal ramifications for having a cell phone policy. As with any policy, it’s a good idea to seek the guidance of an Orlando construction attorney. Below are a few reasons why a cell phone policy is important to have on a construction site.
Text Messages Can Be Used in Litigation
Text messages are becoming a part of discovery in many cases and being used to prove or invalidate claims. Also, photos from cell phones can be used in daily reports, providing visual evidence of issues on the construction site.
Protecting Confidential Information
We use cell phones so much that the lines between work and personal usage get blurred. Confidential information can get shared via text. Disgruntled former employees can use it to hurt companies. A cell phone policy can set guidelines for distribution of company information. It can also establish a protocol for departing workers.
A New Type of Harassment
The use of cell phones to harass others is prevalent in all walks of life, including the construction industry. To combat this, amend your harassment policy to include threats made via text message.
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.