It is everyone’s responsibility to keep a construction site safe. The General Contractor, sub-contractors, independent contractors, architects, engineers, clients and visitors are all subject to dangers from machinery, falling objects and other hazards.
Here’s one of the things you can do when you notice that workers and others are in danger of being injured on a construction site:
Speak up before it is too late
A contractor who is in danger or violating safety protocols may be doing so either out of ignorance or mere negligence. If you see this, it is better to take a proactive approach before someone gets hurt – or worse! Sometimes it is difficult to speak up, but with so much at stake it could be better to annoy the contractor than let then run into trouble they could avoid. Inform the contractor of the danger they have overlooked.
Where everyone is in danger
Furthermore, you might remind them that the effects of their unsafe actions may affect not only themselves, but other contractors as well, and may result in bodily injury, fatalities, property damage or even work failure.
You could also mention that they could face financial loss if faced with a lawsuit for bodily injury, property damage or negligence. If they are a General Contractor, they will have General Contractor Liability Insurance in place (otherwise they wouldn’t have a licence), but will it be enough to cover all liability issues as well as legal and medical costs?
Safety protocols and more
General Contractor Liability Insurance protects against consequences of violating safety precautions. This includes:
- Bodily injury – General Contractor Liability Insurance covers certain claims alleging financial loss due to bodily injury arising out of your business operations.
- Property Damage – General Contractor Liability Insurance covers property damage to property damage arising from the contractor’s actions
- Medical payments: General Contractor Liability Insurance helps cover medical costs if someone is injured and needs medical treatment.
Is General Contractor Liability Insurance enough?
However, General Contractor Liability Insurance doesn’t cover damages arising from negligence. It also doesn’t cover legal fees. Perhaps this is the best one to mention because maybe they haven’t given it any thought. Their insurance agents may not have suggested the right insurance for all their needs.
General Contractors must prepare for the worst
When it comes to the dangerous business of construction, it is better to be prepared. Obviously this includes adhering to safety protocols, which is why it is everyone’s responsibility to speak out when things don’t look safe. The other way to ensure that everyone one the building site is protected, is for all contractors to invest in both General Contractor Liability Insurance as well as coverage for legal defence costs.
If you’re unsure about the best coverage against insurance claims, your questions can be answered by experienced insurance agents at Contractors Liability. Call (866) 225-1950.