Use of Sub-Subcontractors Makes it Hard to Fix Liability, Newspaper Reports - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on May 7, 2018
In the booming city of Nashville, more construction workers have died in 2016 and 2017 than in any two-year stretch in the previous three decades, The Tennessean reports. Assigning liability in these and other accidents has also grown more difficult, as construction companies have moved to using more and more small “subs of subs” in the tight labor market. Many of those workers are sent onto scaffolding and roofs without safety equipment or training, The Tennessean says. Federal law places primary safety responsibility on the direct employer, so of the 16 fatalities reported in 2016 and 2017, only three resulted in the general contractor being held accountable.