Florida contractors may have already learned that in May, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a new crane safety regulation.
If you're a contractor here in Fort Lauderdale, you realize that construction disputes can threaten to derail even the most well-planned builds. In fact, a recent report from Arcadis, a consultancy and design firm, claims that two of the most common reasons for construction disputes are unsubstantiated claims and errors and omissions.
Contractors realize that time is money. Many issues can bog a project down and shave profits — weather delays, labor strikes and worker shortages, cost overruns, delays, plan changes and nonpayments.
With the economy humming along at a good pace, there's a construction boom going on in South Florida. A prime example of that is the proposed expansion of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Broward County contractors often go the extra mile to smooth over disputes with their clients and avoid the hassle and expense of litigation. But there are times when it's important to take a stance on these matters and fight back.
If you're a contractor, chances are good that you've seen your share of grifters in the industry. They may glad-hand you when they see you on the job site, but behind the scenes, they're backstabbing you by rigging the bids and padding the bills by taking or accepting kickbacks.
There are few owners of construction companies who will escape their careers unscathed by some type of legal issue. From labor disputes with workers to breaches of contracts with suppliers or dissatisfied customers, the industry is fraught with ways to run afoul of Florida's civil laws.
In the latest development of the Miami-Dade bridge collapse, the attorney for the parents of one student who attended Florida International University (FIU) filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Named defendants include multiple companies that worked on the manufacture and installation of the failed span.
It's important that construction company owners and builders understand that to the homeowner, they are the literal last line of defense against a defective end product. As such, they may face legal liabilities if a defect is discovered at some future point.
Even before the dust had settled on the wreckage of the collapsed Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge, fingers were being pointed at those who allegedly may have some responsibility in the disaster that has thus far killed six people.