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Oct122013

Post-accident Safety Fixes: An Admission Of Liability?








Post-Accident Safety Fixes: An Admission Of Liability?
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We are often asked whether post-accident fixes or improvements by an employer will be held against it if occupational health and safety charges are laid. For example, if an employer puts a guard on a machine after an employee was injured on the machine, will the court see the installation of the guard as an admission that the machine was not properly guarded?
Employers sometimes feel that they are caught between implementing the fix and risking having it be seen as an admission of liability, or not implementing the fix and risking a higher fine if convicted or being charged with violating a government order to fix the machine. Of course, most employers will be motivated to do what is right and install a fix if needed for safety reasons, regardless of whether that increases the risk of charges or fines; however, the possible risks should be considered. In some cases, quick implementation of the safety fix could actually help avoid charges.
It appears from the caselaw that post-accident safety fixes will, generally, not be considered an admission that an employer violated a safety rule, but may be considered by a court in determining whether the employer exercised due diligence (took all reasonable steps to prevent the violation) or had knowledge of the hazard. For example, the installation of a guard after an accident will likely not be an admission that a guard should have been in place, but it will be relevant to whether the employer, before the accident, took all reasonable steps to ensure that the machine was properly guarded.
In the recent case of R. v. Reliable Wood Sharings Inc ., 2013 ONCJ 518, the court stated, ?I believe that I can look at post accident conduct in assessing what was reasonable in all of the circumstances . . . What I cannot do is treat them as an admission of liability.?
On the plus-side, post-accident fixes will often lead to lower fines if a company is convicted of a safety offence, as the court will see the employer?s proactive safety fix as a sign of the employer?s commitment to safety. The cost of the fix will often also be considered by the court in setting the amount of the fine.
In one case, the Ontario Food Terminal Board made changes and modifications to the roadways within its facility, including the installation of several stop signs, concrete barriers, and signs around the area where the accident had occurred, after a workplace accident that eventually led to the worker?s death. While the OFTB was convicted of safety offences and fined $65,000, the Justice of the view site... Peace did not view the post-accident actions as admissions of guilt or negligence. The court held that subsequent improvements by a defendant are not a basis for a finding of liability for safety offences, but will be considered in determining whether the employer exercised due diligence or had prior knowledge of the hazard.
An employer should consider, when faced with an accident, how post-accident fixes or improvements could be viewed by the court if the employer is charged. The question is usually not whether to implement the fix, but how to do it in a way that maximizes safety while minimizing legal risk. Advice from an occupational health and safety lawyer should be obtained, and if possible the work should be documented in a manner that confirms that it is not an admission of liability.

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Oct122013

And As The Recession Deepens, The Question No Longer Becomes "is An Economic Depression Looming?" But Rather, "is The Greatest Depression Already Here?







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Oct122013

California Counties Now Less At Risk On Public Works Construction







California Counties Now Less At Risk On Public Works Construction
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Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 328, which permits counties to enter Construction Manager At Risk (CM@R) agreements for construction of projects over $1 million. Counties now join the University of California, the California State University System, the Administrative Office of the Courts and other public entities which already have enabling legislation permitting them to enter CM@R agreements.
CM@R has become a popular project delivery method in the public sector as an alternative to the design-bid-build method, which is generally considered more likely to result in contractor claims. Under the CM@R method, a contractor becomes involved in design development, typically after the schematic design is completed, and assists the designer develop the construction documents. The contractor?s construction experience should result in a better design and a lower cost of construction. The contractor then acts as a construction manager on behalf of the owner to manage and cause the trade contractors to perform.
Sometimes the owner enters into contracts with the trade contractors. This is risky for the owner because it may have direct liability to one or more of those trade contractors for the construction manager?s failure to manage them. Sometimes the construction manager contracts with the trade contractors, which is better for the owner. Who contracts with the trade contractors determines whether the construction manager or the owner is truly ?at risk.? The construction manager may also be ?at risk? if it guarantees the cost of construction or the schedule.
In the absence of enabling legislation such as SB 328, there are risks to CM@R contracting for both owners and construction managers on public projects. As a general matter, many public owners are required to competitively bid construction contracts and award them to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder. However, public owners are not required to award design and construction management agreements to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder. They can award based upon an assessment of best value, with price being one of the considerations. Risk arises when a CM@R agreement is entered without statutory authority.
In 1970 the City of Inglewood and Los Angeles County created a joint powers authority to develop a civic center that would include both city and county buildings. The joint powers authority awarded a construction management contract to Swinerton & Walberg Co. (Swinerton) Swinerton was not the lowest bidder but was considered more qualified than the lowest bidder. Under the terms of the contract, Swinerton guaranteed the total cost of construction. The low bidder, which was not found to be non-responsible, successfully enjoined the joint powers authority from proceeding with Swinerton?s agreement.
In 1972 the California Supreme Court ruled in City of Inglewood ? L.A. County Civic Center Authority v. Superior Court, 7 Cal.3d 861 (1972) that a construction manager contract that guarantees the total price of a project based on subcontractor bids ?is too closely akin to traditional lump sum general construction contracting? to be exempt from competitive bidding requirements. Since that time, any public entity required to competitively bid construction contracts ran a substantial risk if it entered a CM@R agreement. It risked having its project enjoined and having the CM@R agreement ruled void. The CM@R risked having to disgorge all funds paid to it by the public owner.
With the enactment of SB 328, California counties and construction managers entering CM@R agreements with them can now avoid this risk and enjoy the benefits of CM@R. However, they must carefully allocate between themselves the risk of liability to the trade contractors.
 

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Oct112013

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Oct112013

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