Risk Management

We received a lot of positive feedback from readers about an article in the April issue regarding a component manufacturer’s product defect negligence lawsuit. While this is not the industry’s first escape from a negligence or breach of warranty finding as a result of proper risk management procedures, it’s a very timely lesson for us. As SBCA Legal Counsel Kent Pagel explains in Important Legal Trends for 2011, the building industry is in another litigious cycle. Many of you pointed to the moral of the story: That the value of providing SBCA Jobsite Packages with all component orders cannot be overstated.

  • SBCA’s vision for a testing facility is to create new methods to value engineer structures.
  • Finding out about load paths through building components has been the focus of SBCRI’s work.
  • The ability to do forensic testing in SBCRI is a useful risk management strategy.
  • It is critical to reinforce basic saw safety techniques like wearing PPE, housekeeping and machine guarding regardless of skill level or experience.
  • Remember to have concentration and patience when operating any saw.
  • Take a proactive approach to preventing injuries by properly maintaining all saws.