Construction companies have a duty to keep their workers safe from harm. When an accident at a construction site occurs, an investigation is launched to determine what happened. If there is any wrongdoing or negligence on the part of the construction company, fines and other penalties might occur. While it is unusual that a construction company executive will face criminal charges and penalties because of a construction accident, it isn't unheard of.
The focus of a recent article in the Los Angeles Daily Journal was that construction litigation had decreased markedly in California over the last several years, primarily due to the lack of water intrusion because of drought conditions. The predicted massive El Nino may change all that. Recent projections by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict that one of the largest El Nino's in recent years is headed to west coast. The large amount of rain will not only result in the obvious leaks to roofs and windows, but may affect soil subisdence or other soil movement issues for years to come. Soil either swells or contracts with the introduction of water. Massive amounts of rain will saturate the soils, and may result in movement for several years.
Hiring a contractor to build a structure is a partial show of trust. You trust that the contractor knows what he or she is doing. You trust that the job will be done properly. Even if you check up on the contractor, you still assume that he or she is handling any issues that come up in a way that won't jeopardize the structure. Sadly, some contractors don't properly prepare the foundation of the structure. Without a proper foundation, the structure is likely going to have issues.