A construction defect can spell doom for structures and the companies that build them. A construction defect can result in lawsuits and bankruptcy for even the most steadfast of construction firms. That is why every precaution must be taken to mitigate the factors that can lead to a defect in construction whether it be a high-rise apartment building, parking garage, overpass, or something else entirely.
In part one of this two-part article, we discussed the kinds of defects that can manifest on a project. Now, a Ft. Myers construction defect attorney at Cotney Construction Law will be discussing the ways that contractors can prevent construction defects, thereby avoiding unnecessary litigation and financial disaster.
While no one on a construction project wants a construction defect, it is your responsibility to ensure that your work is of the highest quality, no matter where you fall in the hierarchy of a construction project. You will need to implement a quality control program that accounts for the planning, materials, and workmanship that you and your workers contribute to all projects.
Prior to breaking ground on a project, go over all plans and take note of materials and their specifications. If you notice any discrepancies, don’t proceed until you can bring them to the attention of the architect or designer. It’s impossible to plan for every problem on a construction site, but you can mitigate the mistakes that lead to construction defects.
While building materials are independently tested in labs, it is the job of contractors and material suppliers to be aware of and comply with the results of this testing. Upon delivery, inspect all materials to ensure that they are exactly what the designer requested. Always ensure that you’re using the right materials for the right project and storing them in an environment that won’t cause them to degrade.
Workmanship defects occur due to poor installation and a lack of training. Manufacturer’s instructions should be followed to the letter. Ensure that all employees have the training and certification necessary to implement the correct construction procedures. Again, do not proceed with any element of a project unless you receive crystal clear instructions and guidance from a designer.
The implementation of a quality control plan will result in a flawless end product and help you avoid a costly dispute years down the road. Don’t allow your business to be brought down by erroneous allegations. Partner with a Ft. Myers construction defect attorney to ensure that you are protected from any current and future construction defect claims.
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.