Home Builders Responsible for the Safety of Subcontractors
Home builders are increasingly being held responsible for safety violations by subcontractor employees, according to American Family Insurance, making it more important than ever to select subcontractors who are safe and providing them with safe working conditions.
“Contractors can no longer hide behind the old ‘hands off’ approach or ‘hold harmless’ contract clauses,” the organization says. “Courts are increasingly eroding those protections. Job site owners and project contractors are now held wholly or partially liable for the actions of subcontractors, and for providing them safe working conditions.”
There are a number of ways to determine that a subcontractor is safe, American Family advises: