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Am I liable for trip hazard on sidewalk (in appt complex) if I was the one who put the cones up, upon owners request?

California

I am the maintenance guy as for an appt. complex and also a general building contractor. I am waiting to see if my bid for the repair of 30 feet of uprooted sidewalk will get accepted. In the mean time, upon the property owner's request, have put up cones & caution tape surrounding the area. My concern is for both safety of the public as well as my liability.

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Jul 17, 2018
That's an interesting question, and, admittedly, this forum is more for construction payment issues. But a party's liability for alerting the public to potential harm and blocking off the dangerous area would likely be minimal. After all, it sounds like every effort was made to force individuals to avoid the affected area. Further, if a party was instructed by the owner of the property to take a given action, the liability would likely fall upon the owner of the property who instructed the action - especially if the party who took action was acting as an employee for that owner. Of course, for more clarity, it might be a good idea to post this question at avvo.com where lawyers from all practice areas are available to answer questions. Alternatively, reaching out to a local personal injury attorney for advice might also be helpful.
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