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New OSHA fine increases are hitting contractors hard

Posted by Mark Paskell on Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 05:06 PM

OSHA fines increased by 78% on August 1 and they are hitting contractors' where it hurts; their wallets. We are seeing an increase in Serious fines and an alarming amount of Willful and Repeat penalties. Serious fines have increased from up to $7,000.00 to $12,471.00 Willful and Repeat fines have increased from up to $70,000.00 to $124,600.00. Some businesses will never recover form these fines.

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Tags: osha fines fall protection

Remodeler rewarded for helping homeowner with low ball insurance claim estimate

Posted by Mark Paskell on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 08:19 AM

In 2015 a Boston area remodeler was approached by a homeowner who was the recipient of a low ball insurance claim estimate. The first offer from the insurance company was $40,000.00. After the remodeler took our Insurance Claim Workshop and used the tools learned in the class, the claim was settled for the right scope of work and price of $

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Tags: homeowner, insurance claims, pre-loss condition, ice dams, estimates

Change orders; written, approved and paid before you do them.

Posted by Mark Paskell on Mon, Aug 01, 2016 @ 09:31 AM

When do you get paid for change orders on your remodeling projects, before you do them or after they are completed?

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Tags: change orders, remodeler education, business coaching

Residential contractors get wake up call; OSHA Fines increase 78%

Posted by Mark Paskell on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 11:36 PM

Looming OSHA fine increases will hit residential contractors more than any other sector. On 8/1/2016 OSHA fines will increase 78%. Top Serious fines go from $7,000 to $12,471 and Willful and Repeat fines increase from $70,000 to $125,000.  OSHA will continue to focus on industries that year after year lead the nation in injuries, deaths and non-compliance.

As the date approaches we are getting calls from contractors concerned about the new increase in OSHA fines. Most of the inquiries are from companies who do not have safety program and are not up to date on training their personnel especially on fall protection. In true contractor fashion, a government announcement that penalties and fines are increasing is causing companies to pay attention and act now. Inquiries include requests for Safety Manuals, OSHA 10 and 30 Certification training, Fall Protection training and advise on where to get started.

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Pro-active versus Reactive

I remember 2010 when the EPA RRP Rule said contractors would be fined $37,500 per violation if they did not get certified by 4/22/2010. Thousand of contractors sought and obtained training because of the fear of being fined. This reactive approach is very common with residential contractors. I suspect that we will see a similar response on OSHA training and compliance over the course of the next 6 months.

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New Mass codes; 2015 IECC, Solar Panel & Electric Vehicle Ready Structures 

Posted by Mark Paskell on Fri, Jul 08, 2016 @ 02:45 PM

On July 19th, 2016 the Mass BBRS will be voting on adopting the 2015 Energy Code and in true Massachusetts fashion adding some state specific amendments. In the proposed new code they are also considering that new structures be constructed ready for solar panels and electric vehicles. The effective date is still not known but it could be as soon as 8/1/2016.

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Tags: mass csl, building code

As America celebrates the 4th, OSHA increases fines

Posted by Mark Paskell on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 05:09 PM

While most of us were enjoying the Fourth of July weekend, OSHA provided some fireworks of their own by announcing their new fine and penalty structure. Fines will increase a whopping 78% above the 1990 fine levels for those who do not follow the OSHA standards, train and protect their workers and fail to have safety programs.

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Tags: osha manuals, osha fines, safety programs, top 10 osha violations

OSHA 10 certification is not fall protection training

Posted by Mark Paskell on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Many contractors are confused about the different types of OSHA training they must provide for their employees. For example last week I was contacted by a contractor who was cited and fined for failure to provide fall protection training and equipment for his employees. In addition his subcontractor roofer/framer was fined on the same site.

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Tags: sub-contractors, training, osha 10, osha fall protection, contractors

Building Science Seminar with CLEAResult 4 MA Contractors

Posted by Mark Paskell on Sun, May 22, 2016 @ 01:54 PM

We are having new 2 day Building Science Seminar and workshop for Massachusetts residential contractors with CLEAResult hosted by Harvey Building Products in Waltham Mass. The date is 6/21/2016 and 6/22/2016. I have partnered with CLEAResult a national leader in the sustainable energy and training business.

Our Building Science instructor is Steven Courville from CLEAResult. He has over 27 years in the energy industry as a contractor, building analyst and trainer.  We are also excited that top 2016 PROSales supplier Harvey Building Products will host this cutting edge and timely seminar. I will assist the contractor education and training throughout the workshop.

Seating is limited!

This workshop will be limited to insure that there is ample time for interaction between our contractor students.

Be sure to sign up early as we have limited seats. Training materials, lunch each day and a Certificate of Completion will be provided after the seminar.


Register NOW! Building Science Seminar with CLEAResult 6/21-22/2016Education Topics

  • Basic Construction Terminology
  • House-As-a System
  • Principles of Energy
  • Energy & the Building Shell
  • Air Leakage
  • Residential Insulation
  • Windows & doors
  • Residential Heating
  • Lighting & Appliances
  • Residential Cooling
  • Water Heating
  • Health, Safety & Moisture Management
  • Observational Diagnostics


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Tags: contractors, mass csl, remodelers, education, building science

Insurance companies continue to low ball homeowner claim estimates

Posted by Mark Paskell on Mon, May 02, 2016 @ 12:09 PM

Insurance companies and their adjusters continue to exploit homeowners on covered damage claims by refusing to include items clearly damaged by snow/ice dams, frozen pipe bursts and water intrusion. This week I will be viewing property claims with my contractor client to help him help his homeowner client. We will be meeting with the independent adjuster and the insurance company adjuster. The damage occurred in the winter of 2015!

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Tags: massachusetts, homeowners, insurance claims, low ball estimates

Contractors need to report job site injuries to OSHA in 24 hours

Posted by Mark Paskell on Sun, Apr 24, 2016 @ 05:01 PM

OSHA has changed the reporting requirements for employers,  job site injuries need to be reported within 24 hours. In our Mass Continuing Education courses we ask construction supervisor license (CSL's) holders if they are up to date on the new OSHA reporting requirements and most have no idea.

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Tags: falls and injuries, contractors, osha reporting