How to write internal investigative reports to keep your construction company out of legal trouble
If you own a construction company, you know that accidents and mishaps are part of the deal. In fact, The Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration (OSHA) reports that one in ten construction site workers are injured every year.
But just because accidents are a part of your average day-to-day construction gig, doesn’t mean that they should be treated lightly. Any accident or situation that happens onsite could plant a seed for future lawsuits.
When a lawsuit happens, most companies, including contractors and construction companies, are advised to prepare an internal investigative report.
But here’s the deal: these reports are not privileged. This means that these reports don’t just stay between you and your attorney. They can come out in litigation and be damaging to your company’s position and reputation if they have sensitive or confidential material, or provide opinions about the situation.
Limit the legal harm these investigative reports can cause by following these 4 tips:
These simple steps may help eliminate risk of disclosure of sensitive information or inappropriate opinions about the situation.
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