We recently discussed the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division's crackdown on construction project safety hazards. Today we want to elaborate on its efforts, and address Oregon OSHA's top ten safety violations for 2013, as published in its February 2014 newsletter.
If you're in the residential real estate business, you're likely longing for 2005; a time before the real estate bubble burst, and just before housing prices peaked. Without a time machine, however, 2013 may have been as close as you're going to get to that 2005 feeling. We recently highlighted the upward-to-downward trend construction spending has taken since the beginning of 2013, and it appears the housing market may be following suit.
In somewhat startling contrast to the uptick in 2013 commercial and residential construction spending we recently wrote about, the outlook for Oregon in 2014 might not be as positive. The annual business outlook report by the Associated General Contractors of America revealed a split in sentiment as to Oregon's commercial construction spending projections for the remainder of this year. This murky outlook, however, could mean 2014 is just the right time to put your project in motion.
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OROSHA) is inspecting projects and cracking down on employers that are not adequately protecting their workers. The result of these inspections has been incredibly high fines, and referral of the matters to the Construction Contractors Board in extreme cases. You should always consult the OROSHA rules when planning a project, or consult an Oregon construction management attorney to make sure you're injury prevention methods are sufficient.
We've written before about the ways certain land use changes within a neighborhood can nuisance homeowners. There, we discussed the importance of the homeowner's right to have a say in what goes on in his or her neighborhood. Unfortunately, the city is not going to prohibit every change that creates a nuisance, but certain avenues do exist for appealing City decisions.
If you anticipate a dispute with your contractors, whether it's over work they've done or work they should have done better, you don't have to worry about a long, drawn out litigation process to voice those concerns. By filing a complaint with the Construction Contractors Board (CCB) dispute resolution services, you can sometimes sidestep litigation and avoid the tremendous costs that come with it.
The construction business inherently involves a lot of uncertainty and trust. Just to get a job done you have to trust you've hired the right contractor, trust that contractor to hire the right subcontractors, and also trust that those subcontractors are doing satisfactory work. There's simply not enough time to supervise every aspect of the job for yourself. If you've had a construction lien filed against your property, however, you know there is one aspect of the job you should not pass off.
Earlier this week we shed some light on the consequences of cancelling contracts. As we noted, things can change in an instant in the construction business, causing us to reconsider the contracts we signed. Fortunately, those changes don't always necessarily lead to contract cancellation.
Though we don't normally plan to, any number of factors can lead us to cancel a contract. This is especially true in the construction context, where even a rainy day can cause us to halt or abandon construction entirely. If construction contracts are not carefully considered before execution, these cancellations can be extremely costly.
Whether it's a ranch-style house in Camas or a colonial home in Irvington, we all envision building or buying our dream home one day. In 2013, it seems more and more people made those dreams a reality. Recent residential construction rates indicate new home construction went up nearly twenty percent from 2012, with the sale of new homes rising by almost nine percent. That's a lot of new homeowners.