As an Owner, how liable am I for safety on my project site?

The CM is your first line of defense in the event of an accident, and all contracts have provisions that indemnify the Owner to some degree in the event of an accident. That being said, well written contracts can blunt an Owner’s liability in the event of a major accident, but rarely does any project participant escape cost or liability in the event of a catastrophic accident. The best insurance you can have is a CM that values safety above all else, employs a well designed safety plan on every project and has a demonstrated safety track record. Many CM’s today rely on contract language that holds subcontractors solely responsible for jobsite safety. As they say, risk transfer is not risk management.