What is a stop work order?

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2024 | Construction Code Violations, Construction Law |

Working on a construction project is no easy feat and often requires strict regulation to ensure the involved parties maintain safety standards from start to finish. In some cases, an inspector may investigate the ongoing project to check for any construction violations based on the state’s guidelines. If they detect any issues, the government can halt work related to the violations through a stop work order (SWO).

A construction site can be inherently dangerous, but violations can increase the risks. SWOs can stop construction partially or fully to protect workers, residents and the public. Failing to comply with the SWO can lead to severe penalties, including fines that may increase for each subsequent offense.

Resolving an SWO

Depending on the order’s details, there can be various ways to address and resolve it. Usually, the process begins by implementing measures to correct all violations. Then, the relevant party should submit proof through a certification of correction. Sometimes, an inspector may need to reinvestigate the site to verify the corrections. After completing these requirements and paying off fines, the issuing department can rescind the SWO.

Knowing what to do about SWOs

For some projects, resolving the SWO is a straightforward process. In other instances, it can be challenging to address, especially if the violations are severe, leading to escalated penalties. Maintaining proper documentation during and after corrections can help, but it can depend on the situation and other circumstances that may cause complications.

When in doubt, seeking legal counsel to determine how to approach SWOs can be helpful. Doing so might not guarantee a favorable outcome, but it can help provide guidance when navigating necessary paperwork and procedures related to the SWO.

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