OSHA Reports 4,679 Workers Killed in 2014

OSHA recently released their fatality report for 2014 and found that more than 4,600 people were killed on the job. This is more than 12 people per day. While this number is high, it actually is an improvement over previous years. For instance, before OSHA was created 43 years ago, there were an estimated 14,000 people killed on the job. As OSHA violation attorneys, we know just how important these regulations are for the safety of a worksite.

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At Manion Stigger, We Know Construction

The construction industry is a business unlike any other.  As a result, construction professionals need legal counsel that is specialized to their industry.  While some may assume that a business law attorney may be sufficient, this attorney may lack the experience and knowledge necessary to understand the particulars of construction law and the realities of…

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Express Indemnity and the Anti-Indemnity Statutes

Construction projects are full of risk, involving numerous individuals, large machinery, hazardous chemicals, and, frequently, are relatively open to affect the public at-large.  Damages and liability can be more complicated than simply the one bad actor or actors being held responsible for their own bad acts.  Project participants who were not directly responsible may nonetheless be held liable. However, project participants can attempt to manage and transfer these risks through express indemnity provisions in their construction contracts.

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How to Avoid the Most Common Construction Contract Disputes

In a perfect world, a written contract delineates each party’s rights and duties, thereby eliminating the possibility for a misunderstanding.  We do not, however, live in a perfect world.  Construction contracts in particular are all too often the subject of controversy.  The majority of claims on construction projects stem from scope of work issues, i.e.…

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Manion Stigger Attorneys to Present Construction Law Seminar

On October 15, 2015, the construction law attorneys at Manion Stigger will be presenting for a seminar on Construction Law. This all-day session will provide insight on common legal issues faced on construction projects and provide contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, design professionals, owners, and other construction professionals with tools to combat and prevent these issues.  The course will include presentations by construction law attorneys A.J. Manion, G. Bruce Stigger, Tony Fehrenbacher, Jean M. Terry and Daniel E. Fuchs.

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Partner A.J. Manion Named to National Board of Governors

A.J. Manion, co-founding partner of Manion Stigger construction law firm, has been named to the inaugural board of governors of the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA). This board is preparing assessment and certification programs for skilled professionals who work on towers and other non-standard structures.  The ultimate goal for this alliance is to enhance safety, encourage training and reduce workplace risk for the wireless industry. According to Todd Schlekeway, Executive Director of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), “This national certification organization is one of the most significant things ever to happen in the wireless industry.”

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Client Education with a Construction Law Firm

Contractors know and understand construction, but they probably don’t know the law. Construction law, even for seasoned attorneys, is a complex field. This does not mean, however, that it is indecipherable. At Manion Stigger, we work closely with our clients to educate them on issues that may impact their projects. We then advise them on how best to proceed, supplying the tools they need to make an informed business decision.

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The Traveling Contractor – Does my Worker’s Compensation policy cover me?

Worker’s Compensation coverage is a subject that is often out of sight and out of mind for many contractors.  But when a contractor takes a project in another state, Worker’s Compensation coverage should be front and center for consideration.  Few contractors realize that their Workers’ Compensation policy may not respond to employee-related injuries arising from those out-of-state projects.

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