FREE TRAINING AT SAFETYFEST TN 2019

Want to learn more about safety?  Attend SafetyFest Tennessee 2019 a free health and safety training held April 29 – May 3, 2019 in Oak Ridge and Knoxville, Tennessee.  SafetyFest is a combined effort of federal, state, and local agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations to promote safety and health at work, home, and in the community.  The primary goal of SafetyFest is … Read More

Construction Defects and the Importance of Preserving the “Scene”

In construction defect claims, failure to preserve the “scene” can be fatal to either a valid claim or a strong defense.  Indeed, when a defect or failure is discovered, it is important to do two things, as soon as possible: (1) secure the “scene” and related items and documents; and (2) notify any individuals or entities that may be involved … Read More

Workers Compensation and Construction Sites

Workers’ Compensation and Construction Sites: Bureau intends to conduct field inspections of construction sites Contractors, subcontractors and providers of “construction services” in Tennessee face heightened scrutiny for compliance with Tennessee’s workers’ compensation laws, and potential penalties for failure to maintain adequate proof of workers’ compensation insurance at job sites. Under new legislation passed by the Tennessee legislature in the 2017 … Read More

Lewis Thomason Knoxville’s 2017 Annual Construction Seminar

Lewis Thomason Knoxville’s 2017 Annual Construction Seminar, The Business of Construction, will be on September 8, 2017. It will be a full day seminar covering: Construction Outlook, Contract Drafting, Changing Federal Regulations, Hostile Work environment Claims, Wage and Hour Labor Issues, IRS Audits, Construction Law, and Construction Dispute Resolution. For more information and to register please click here.

Commercial Drones in the Construction Industry

Better enjoy those long lunches while they last. According to a recent article in the Economist, commercial drones may soon find their way to a job site near you as a means of improving efficiency and safety in the construction field. Goldman Sachs has run the numbers and predicts that $100 billion will likely be spent on military and civilian … Read More

Contracting in Tennessee – 5 Simple Tips

It never ceases to amaze how contractors, particularly those based out of state, run afoul of Tennessee laws. As 2017 progresses, here are few laws that should be kept in mind. Are You Licensed? – A Contractor’s license is required prior to contracting. In Tennessee, “contracting” includes bidding, offering to engage, or negotiating a price for projects of $25,000 or … Read More

Executive Order Creates Temporary License Exam Waiver

In response to the recent wildfires that swept through Gatlinburg and surrounding areas in east Tennessee, Governor Haslam issued Executive Order No. 61.  The Order permits a temporary contractor’s license to be issued to provide for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the public.  Qualified contractors may apply for an examination waiver for a temporary six (6) … Read More

Contractors, did you know . . . ?

The Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors has statutory authority to impose civil penalties for violations of statutes, rules, or orders enforceable by the Board.  Orders of the Board are often based on a finding of misconduct.  Did you know that failure to abide by a warranty agreement is an enumerated form of misconduct.  So is the failure to respond to … Read More

Ready. Set. Go Build!

Construction is booming in Nashville.  If there is any doubt, simply look at the Nashville Business Journal’s “Crane Watch.” Construction of smart buildings are also easier now thanks to the advancements in technology. One of them is Digital twins for cities that helps builders design and conceptualize large-scale projects. Despite vast amount of new construction, contractors continue to struggle to find … Read More