The firm was founded in June 1988 by Thomas H. Welby, an attorney and civil engineer who wanted to focus his extensive experience in the design and construction of buildings, roads, bridges, dams and similar structures, on the practice of construction law. At the very beginning, the firm was just Thomas and Lillian Welby, in a small two room office located in Westchester County.
Construction contracts often provide for a condition precedent to the right of a subcontractor to commence a legal action against a general contractor.
Asphalt is used extensively in roofing, waterproofing, and, above all, of course, in roadway construction. The two primary safety issues associated with asphalt products are the danger of burns, and dangers from respiratory or skin exposure to the product and its fumes.
Section 220 of the Labor Law not only provides the Department of Labor with an administrative remedy against the contractor, but it also provides the workers with a direct right of action.
Job-related fatalities in New York City are not constant from year to year (there were 191 such deaths in 1993, and just 56 in 2013) but, year after year, construction-related injuries and deaths run ahead of transportation deaths as the #1 and #2 causes of workplace mayhem.
A subcontractor has no direct contractual relationship with a project owner; that relationship is between the general contractor and the owner. Accordingly, the subcontractor cannot sue the owner directly if it sustains money damages caused by the owner.