Failure to Supervise Could Lead to Jail TimeAssociation of Construction & Development
January 15, 2014 — 1,515 views
With the advent of the New Year, there have been a number of differences that have been seen in various fields. Likewise, in law, there have been certain changes as well. The new laws are important for contractors to keep in touch with because it changes the way states like California looks at construction companies that are functional without licenses. Now, the law is not only aimed at curtailing problems that arise, but at changing the roots at which such issues begin.
Now, even the companies that neglect to do proper background checks and control or supervise the process while it takes place in the organization, are liable under the new California law. The Contractors’ State License Law allows applicants for such licenses to obtain the license even if they have not completed their experience requirements. This becomes highly unsafe due to the number of aspects of such large projects that could go wrong, and the repercussions of such events on citizens.
The CSLB’s New Take on the Matter
The CSLB (Contractors State License Board) has made it evident that this rule is already slightly lenient, for which it is important to put in a model so that safety is still the major concern of the companies, regardless of who they are, how experienced they are and even if they are the organization that gave the license to such a firm.
While the qualifier is the one responsible in such scenarios, the entity that provided this applicant with the license must be held responsible for providing the license to a company or contractor with inadequate knowledge in the field. A lack of knowledge in such a line of work could lead to many hazardous situations. It could lead to mishaps taking place on the job which directly affect employees working at construction sites.
Issues That Could Arise From Negligence and Fraudulence
The projects could also have lower standards of safety and precaution, leading to the insecurity of the lives of construction employees once again, but this time with an imminent threat to those who wish to purchase the land area as well. While negligence is one thing that could lead to such a situation, fraudulence is also a major concern in the field. A lesser experienced licensee could engage in illegal activities for personal gain and not even realize the extent to which this could affect others working on the project. For the same reason, even companies that issue licenses and then fail to supervise are punishable by California law.