How to avoid common legal issues in commercial construction

    No matter how much you try, there are just some things you can’t control – even in the commercial construction industry. Everything from torrential summer rains to supplier mix-ups can cause issues on site and impact timelines.

    What can you control? Being proactive about some common legal issues in the commercial construction industry. Becoming educated about these issues – and consulting attorneys when necessary – are the smartest ways to ensure projects run smoothly from the start.

    Here are some of the most common issues for general contractors to plan for and address before any potential problems arise:

    ContractsContract negotiations don’t have to be a thorn in your side. Contractors should prepare for common points to cover. Will there be financial penalties for delays? What about delays caused by third parties? What approval checkpoints are required for the project to be considered final?

    Material Costs – Sometimes the prices of materials used on a project can eliminate profits for contractors. One way to address this is to tie the final cost to materials or agree in a contract to a set a price that accounts for cost changes and won’t change based on fluctuations in the prices of those material.

    Licensing – This is an easy one. Contractors need to keep licenses top of mind, especially as requirements vary state by state. Stay up to date on your state’s laws and any changes that may occur.

    Injuries and Safety– Considered a “high hazard” industry, injuries on the job site are one of the most common issues for contractors but they are also one of the most preventable. The first step toward a safe project site is compliance with OSHA standards. Following these regulations while paying attention to equipment and electrical safety and other precautions will go a long way. In the event of an accident, prompt reporting is required.

    As one of East Tennessee’s premiere general contractors, Leon Williams Contractors takes pride in its proactive approach toward safe and successful projects.

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