I ride my bike to work daily. Outside our office building, there are multiple rows of bike racks installed. For the last 3 months, there have been contractors doing work around the building, about 50 or so feet away from where I park my bike. The boundary of where the construction is has been *very* clear, and I was well outside that range, at a temporary bike rack.
While I was in the office working, a contractor left the established work area, and began working less than 2 feet away from where my bike was parked (the same place I've parked it for those 3 months). When I left work, my bike was completely coated with little bits of cement. There was still a contractor working right next to my bike when I arrived who said in a mildly frustrated tone "Don't park your bike there tomorrow".
I was flabbergasted. The audacity to say such a thing as if it was my fault, as if he was the one who was harmed, not even acknowledging the state my bike was in. As I carried non-functional bike away, I muttered "Have a nice night" and he scoffed.
There were no fences, tape, or other signage to indicate construction was taking place there when I arrived, nor when I left.
I feel as if the construction company failed their professional duty in a multitude of ways. They did not mark construction areas before beginning it, they did not clear the site, and the individual himself was very rude.
I feel like I must let my company know how incompetent I think their contractors are, and I want to receive compensation for the damage to my bike. I think that's the very least the construction company could hope for, given the numerous laws they likely violated.
However, I do not know the name of the company managing construction. I am not sure who the proper person at our company internally to reach out to is. My inclination is HR, but they are obviously not directly involved with construction, and I worry the issue would die there. Is HR the proper contact? Is there any other steps I should take as well?