The Dangers of Not Vetting your Vendors
Wacky incidents involving contractors damaging apartments during construction or renovations may seem hard to imagine. But serious damage and liability can result from those sometimes seemingly comical bumps, oopsies, and drops.
Just listen to these doozies, all true stories shared by Compliance Depot:
A cement truck enters an apartment community drive for a concrete pour and rolls past the job site as the driver feverishly pumps the brakes – right into the side of two units. Fortunately, only one of the units was occupied, as the truck crushed an exterior wall. Nobody was hurt, but property management had to move the family to a different place while the units were being rebuilt.
While brushing a new color on the second-story balcony, a painter forgets that a five-gallon can of semi-gloss is resting on the railing just a few inches away. With a gentle stroke, he bumps the can and it tumbles down into the front seat of a resident’s Mercedes convertible in the parking lot below. The car’s leather interior is ruined and the resident is hopping mad.
Landscape maintenance day took an interesting turn when the lawn mower driver wasn’t paying close attention while cutting the grass between the parking lot and building. The lawn mower clipped a sprinkler head, which shot from the mower deck and shattered the window of a resident’s car.
In each of these instances, somebody was liable and had to pay. One might assume that bonded and insured contracting companies responsible for these bumbling feats would pick up the bill and the apartment community would dodge costly repair expenses.
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