Before you begin a renovation on your business or residence it is important to have a detailed plan to ensure that you get the results you are looking for. Unfortunately, building sites are often accidents waiting to happen, so it is also important to be informed about how to protect yourself legally if someone is injured. When you decide that you want to undergo renovations, your first step should be to contact a personal injury specialist so that you can handle all your legal business before you even start planning the renovations.Seek legal advice and figure out what type of insurance and contracts are needed to be used for your project. It is always better to be safe than sorry! Here is a list of things to consider before beginning your renovation project.
Have a solid plan in place before you begin. This should include your budget both for the actual building process and for the renovations themselves, timeline, physical model of renovation plan, calculated and projected list of materials, contract with hired workers, legal plan for potential worker’s compensation/personal injury lawsuits, contracts with everyone involved, and a set of checkpoints to reach by certain time frames. This planning may require a lot of effort, but it will help the renovations to run smoothly and efficiently and troubleshoot any problems that may pop up along the way.
Who’s in charge?
Renovating is not an individual or a spectator sport. Renovation projects require the help and expertise of large teams working together for a common cause. Even if you are in charge of the renovation or it is for your business or personal residence, you need to think about appointing other people to monitor and supervise to guarantee that construction is done correctly, the budget is being followed and that all workers are taken care of.
It is a good idea to appoint a manager for construction and for budget so that you hold someone accountable for keeping close tabs on both of these jobs. You may also want to appoint someone to be in charge of any worker injuries or complaints during the renovation process. If you keep detailed records of complaints, injuries, etc. it will be much easier to settle a personal injury or worker’s compensation claim. Even if the company ends up having to pay a worker for a claim, it always is helpful to have recorded information about the happenings on the job site.
You must do all that you can to guarantee that everyone who works on or visits your building site. According to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is a Division of the Department of Labor there are many strict rules and regulations that businesses must follow to ensure that their building sites are safe for their workers. The most common injuries are due to faulty or dangerous machinery, falling, slipping or tripping, and the injury can be directly due to the carelessness of the employer or co-worker.
Make sure that whoever is working on your building site is properly trained to use all of the equipment, sign a contract, and are familiar and comfortable with your expectations of them. Make sure that everyone participating in the renovation wears the proper safety equipment at all times. The beauty of renovation is that it is a work in progress, so as long as you plan ahead, work as a team and communicate with your employer or employees, you will conquer any obstacles that stand in the way! Work together and your renovation project will run smoothly!