Tag: construction

What No One Tells You About Specially Fabricated Materials

(This article first appeared on Lowe’s popular Lowe’s for Pros blog.) As today’s construction projects become more and more complicated, so do the corresponding materials needed for each job. And more often than not, suppliers are being asked to custom order these materials – many times specially fabricating the items. Is it really special? So what distinguishes a stock item from a custom one? Generally it is the fact that the custom item can’t be easily used anywhere but on the job for which it was ordered. Specially manufactured goods are not readily available in the marketplace and are made ... Read more

6 Ways to Gain an Edge in Construction Disputes

Steering clear of lawsuits, especially those stemming from construction disputes, is always a good idea. To do so, make a point of getting all important agreements in writing. This will avoid miscommunication and selective memories. Do the same with any subsequent modifications. If things aren’t working out, document the problem with written notice to the other side. Then if you reach a point where your disagreement can’t get resolved, remember these pointers to gain an edge if you have to sue: Being a plaintiff rather than a defendant is best. Statistically, juries more often side with plaintiffs. File first – this way you get to choose ... Read more

Who’s Responsible For That Injured Worker

The owners of a barn damaged by hurricane winds hired an independent contractor to demolish the structure. The owners suggested that the contractor stack the old roof panels on the ground. To do this, the contractor decided to have his employees climb on the damaged roof and remove the panels. But in no time, one of them fell through a weakened roof panel. Suit followed, accusing the owners of negligence and of providing an unsafe place to work. Who’s responsible? What makes an independent contractor independent? One who hires an independent contractor is not generally liable for injuries unless he ... Read more