Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tragedy Strikes New Home Jobsite

A 40-year-old man died after a wall fell on him at the construction site where his family was building a new home in the Mercer Island suburb of Seattle, WA.

Police say Wednesday's death of Jack Chen was a tragic accident and there is no criminal investigation.

The man was having a new home built and was probably interested in the day's progress when he decided to visit the jobsite.

Four workers were putting up a wall when it started to slip and backed away as the wall came down. Unbeknownst to them, the homeowner was there and probably came in at the last minute and was trying to help them.

This type of tragic accident can happen on any job site including a modular home jobsite.

Please sit down with your customer BEFORE you begin working on their new home and lay out the ground rules for when they can safely visit the jobsite. Also don’t forget small children visiting with their parents can run faster than any of your workers and falling is a major problem.

Many years ago a 4 year old boy in PA was with his parents when they “just stopped by their new home for an inspection” and fell through the doorway onto the concrete basement floor because the steps that were to be installed that day hadn’t arrived. He suffered a broken arm and head injuries. The builder was sued.

When I was home builder in PA, this clause was included in every contract:
JOBSITES CAN BE DANGEROUS.  Children under 12 years of age are not permitted within the work areas without constant parental or guardian supervision.  The Job Foreman, employees of Seller, subcontractors and their employees or any other tradespeople authorized to work on the home have the right to ask to have the children kept off the jobsite if at the time they are present, a health or injury situation may be present.

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