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Contractors Report 2011 Sales Are Up Over 2010; Are Your's?

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OSHA Fall Protection Training For Long Island Contractors

  
  
  
  
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 OSHA Fall Protection Training in Long Island 7/29/2011    

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OSHA Fall Protection Training Dates To be Compliant by 9.15.11

  
  
  
  
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Just when we thought things would slow down for the beginning of summer OSHA decided to throw a monkey wrench into the gears. We hear from contractors daily that OSHA inspectors are combing neighborhoods looking for violators to fine. They are asking to see safety manuals, adressing fall protection violations and other hazards. Contractors who have no paperwork usually have a bad day.

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Building Inspector Warns Homeowner About Hiring Illegal Contractors

  
  
  
  
mass sealIn our RRP Certified Renovator class last week a building inspector told us homeowners who get their own permit are taking risks when they hire illegal contractors, especially in his city. The building inspector told our class that many homeowners pull their own permits so that they can hire low ball priced contractors who cannot or will not pull the permit for one reason or another. 
Here is a list of reasons given; 
  1. To save money
  2. The contractor is not licensed.
  3. The contractor is uninsured, not carrying workmens compensation.
  4. The contractor is working for cash without a contract to avoid paying taxes.
  5. The contractor hires help and pays them under the table avoiding workmens compensation, unemployment insurance, social security and other employment taxes.
  6. The contractor owes taxes.
  7. The contractor is not certified to do the work for example the contractor tells the homeowner they are not RRP certified and money will be saved if no permit is pulled.
The inspector shared a story with us about a homeowner who recently pulled their own permit.
The homeowner, a lady (Ms. Smith, name changed for privacy) came in to pull a permit for a roof project on her home. The building inspector assisted her with the application. He asked Ms. Smith for the name, license number and insurance for the contractor she was using. She said she was not using a contractor. Ms. Smith said she was going to do the roof herself. The building inspector then proceeded to let her know about the risks inherent in doing roof work. The inspector explained to her if she pulled the permit and hired a contractor she would be responsible for code related items and more. The inspector wanted to believe her but he knew there was no way this lady was going to do her own roof. Ms. Smith insisted that she was going to do it herself.
Don't do it Ms. Smith....                     
The building inspector then went on to explain to her that if he rode by the house and saw someone other than her doing the roof he would take the proper action. The building inspector told Ms. Smith that if he saw a contractor on the roof the first thing he would do is call the Division of Industrial Accidents in Boston. He told her he needs to make sure any contractor working on her roof is licensed with the state and carries insurance. After he calls DIA would come out to the job to make sure that the workers are covered by workmens compensation insurance. The contractor may have other issues like, not paying taxes, no license, not paying his employees properly and more. This could generate a referral from DIA enforcement officers to the Department of Revenue and maybe the Attorney General's office. Ms. Smith thanked him for his advice but swore she would be the one doing the roof.
Guess what happened next?
Ms. Smith ended up hiring an illegal contractor, no insurance, no call to the building inspector that she changed her mind. The building inspector rode by and it sure did not look like ladies on the roof. The building inspector then had to do what he had promised and called DIA.
DIA went to the job and took care or the rest. Another illegal contractor busted for circumventing the rules that legally operating contractors have to follow.
The building inspector told us everytime homeowners pull their own permit and there is a problem with the contractor, the homeowner airs the complaints to the inspector.
He said homeowners who hire unlicensed Mass contractors lose the right to tap into the state guaranty fund. Homeowners need to make sure that they understand the chances they are taking pulling their own permit and working with illegally operating contractors.
Was the contractor OSHA compliant?        
Another factor that homeowners need to be concerned with is the contractor they hire compliant with OSHA. Jobs can be can be delayed if they are deemed unsafe to workers on the project. Roofing, Siding, Gutters and Painting projects involve staging which is a focal point for OSHA inspectors right now. Recently there are reports of heavy OSHA job site inspectors hitting jobs in Mass, New York and Conn. OSHA just announced the new fall protection directive requiring contractors be compliant on or before 9/15/2011.
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EPA RRP Clearance Amendment Under Review, WSJ Article

  
  
  
  

The EPA will make a decision on July 15th on 3rd party clearance. Take a look at the OMB report and the estimated costs to the industry. 

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Contractor reports visit Massachusetts RRP enforcement official

  
  
  
  
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Today I spoke with Paul Leary, a remodeler from Plymouth Ma, who was visited by a Mass RRP enforcement inspector. Paul gave me permission to share his story regarding the random RRP audit.

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Maine contractor falls on hard times; $243,000 in OSHA Fines

  
  
  
  
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A Maine roofing contractor has just fallen on real hard times due to violations of the OSHA Fall Protection Standard. After repeated violations he is now facing a potential of $243,000 in fines.

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Contractor on the rampage reporting RRP violators

  
  
  
  
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In our OSHA Fall Protection class yesterday a contractor told us there is contractor on the rampage in Longmeadow, Mass.

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Contractor; OSHA extends fall protection directive enforcement date

  
  
  
  
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OSHA has announced that they will extend the 6/16/2011 date for Fall Protection Compliance until 9/15/2011. The new fall protection directive requires that contractors use fall arrest systems, nets and/or guard rails when working 6 feet above lower levels. If using these measures is infeasible the contractor must have written site specific plan in place on site. Contractors are required to have a written fall protection plan in place for fall hazards. (Note; OSHA assumes that contractors also have a Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manual in place)

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Contractors descend upon Tornado ravaged homes in Mass

  
  
  
  

Our hearts go out to those who have lost their homes, treasures and in some cases their loved ones from the central and western Mass tornadoes.     

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Mandatory OSHA Fall Protection Plan for Contractors; 6/16/2011

  
  
  
  
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The new OSHA Fall Protection Standard enforcement date is 6/16/2011. Many of the contractors we have recently trained in our RRP classes were not aware of the OSHA directive. Unfortunately many contractors will find themselves in peril if their job is visited by an OSHA inspector starting 6/16/2011.

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