Indiana Lawyer reported in the article, “Construction defects, though common, rarely rise to personal harm for end users,” that, although it’s a common occurrence for construction workers to be injured on the job, construction lawyers say it’s rare that contractors fail to follow safety regulations that result in potential personal harm to the end user.
The publication turned to real estate and construction practice group leader Mark Voigtmann for insight on construction contracts and how they can be used to protect end users from faulty construction. Voigtmann highlighted that well-written contracts serve as the best enforcement of safety regulations and prevention of defects that can hurt people.
Voigtmann explained how solid construction contracts can impose standards — either industry or governmental — that are designed to protect people and clarify who is legally responsible if a defect is discovered or an injury is caused. He noted how having the presence of both standards and clear legal responsibility discourages the sorts of designs and workmanship that can lead to defects and injuries.
“That said, no contract is foolproof. Companies or individuals can disregard them,” Voigtmann said. “But such wrongdoers won’t stay in business long if their legal responsibility is clear.”