Framing Subcontractor Is Not Liable Under Multi-Employer Worksite Doctrine for HVAC Subcontractor Employee’s Injuries Where Contractor Caused the Condition But Did Not Control It At Time Employee Intentionally Assumed Risk by Its Actions

An employee of an HVAC subcontractor, while working on a house, fell to his death from the third floor to the basement through an open stairwell.  The framing of the house had been completed three weeks earlier by the framing contractor who left an unprotected hole in...

Incident Reports are Held to be privileged

A California Court of Appeals held earlier this month that incident reports are protected by the attorney-client privilege when certain criteria are met.  Scripps Health v. Superior Court (Reynolds), 2003 D.A.R. 6059 (filed June 6, 2003)   This case is particularly...

Contractor Criminally Indicted for Death of Workers

When two workers that were trapped and drowned in a collapse trench, a general contractor and its president were indicted by a Grand Jury for manslaughter, negligent homicide and reckless endangerment. The facts as described by the court are these: The general...