According to estimates made by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, two workers are killed each month in trench collapses across the nation. While in some cases trench collapses are because of employer negligence, in others they are the result of improper safety training.
If you are buying or selling real estate in California, you should know that state law requires the seller of residential real estate to disclose any known construction defects to the buyer. Construction defects include problems with the roof, foundation and walls as well as any environmental hazards such as radon, mold or lead paint. Defects must also be disclosed for the plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems.
California State Senator Mark DeSaulnier has publically criticized the construction of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and asked for a criminal investigation to be conducted. The senator claims that the California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, charged taxpayers $6.5 billion for the construction of a substandard bridge that was built in part by a Chinese firm.