This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:
Partially Blinded Construction Worker Awarded $2 Million
According to a recent post in Construction Junkie, a New Jersey carpenter was awarded $2 million after an accident left him “industrially blind.” While framing a house with a nail gun, something shot back into the victim’s eye causing a lacerated cornea that will impair his vision for the rest of his life. The lawsuit centered around the fact that the construction management company was negligent in instructing workers on the site to wear safety goggles. This is a good reminder that continuing education and training is important on the jobsite. To read the full article written by Shane Hedmond, click here.
U.S. No Longer Included in World’s List of Top 5 Tallest Buildings
Another article in Construction Junkie notes that two more buildings recently opened taking 4th and 5th spots on the list for the tallest buildings in the world pushing the One World Trade Center into 6th place. The video article featured below shows the construction of the Salesforce Tower touted as the tallest building west of Chicago that stands at 1,070 feet. In comparison, the tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, stands at 2,722 feet tall – a mere 1,652 feet taller than the Salesforce Tower. To learn more about the new buildings, click here.
Contractor Loses Termination Case Against Government
In a recent case that involved an upgrade to an HVAC system at a New Hampshire facility, construction attorney Matthew DeVries in his Best Practices Construction Law blog describes the circumstances of the case where the contractor did not like the design and suggested a redesign, which stalled the project. Lesson learned: The contractor advised the government of its concerns, but the government decided to go ahead with the project as is. At that point, according to DeVries, “the contractor had one choice: continue to build the project as it had contracted to do.” Click here to read the full article.