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!Read More
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Another contractor fell to his death in Leominster, Mass. only a few miles from my home. Twenty six year old Nicholas Kallio, was working in an aerial lift and did not wear OSHA required fall protection. He fell over 50 feet to his death after a portion of the tree he was removing hit the lift he was working in. OSHA requires that while working on an aerial lift, workers must tie off to the bucket. Here are two important sections from the OSHA Scaffolding Standard Subpart L Aerial Lift section;Read More
In 2010 the main focus for EPA RRP Training has been the residential contractor. Many people are unaware that written into the regulation is a requirement that owners of multi-family dwellings are also mandated to become RRP certified. The EPA states that rents received from tenants are considered compensation and therefore are covered under the EPA RRP Lead Law.
Since January, we have held over 80 EPA RRP training for contractors. I have kept a journal of real life stories from contractors who have personal experiences with lead poisoning. I am going to share some of these real life stories over the coming months. My hope is that you will be able to relate with real life stories from residential contractors dealing with lead poisoning.
We recently added a new page to our website called RRP Forms and Resources. The page includes RRP Forms, Lead Check video on how to use the test swabs, RRP supplies and equipment, links and more.
A contractor recently inquired about our RRP training services and the quality of our trainers. After a lengthy inquisition he said "training should be just like lead paint, it should stick for a long time"
As we begin to understand the full impact of the Mass RRP Lead law contractors will soon be faced with the decision to develop and implement Worker Protection and Medical Monitoring Requirements. In section 22.09 of the Mass RRP Law 454 CMR 22.00, OSHA standards are described. This clause calls for the medical monitoring for employees on lead projects that generate 50 micrograms of lead dust exposure over an eight hour period. Other clauses describe the need for respirator fitting, medical examinations to determine lung capacity, blood testing, air monitoring, protective clothing and more.
The new Mass RRP Lead Law effective on 7/9/2010, requires adherence to OSHA rules when performing RRP lead safe practices. The EPA RRP training program touches upon the neccessity to follow OSHA rules regarding RRP work but fails to cover these practices in sufficient detail to protect workers. RRP training covers the lead safe practices in great detail yet leaves contractors wondering what are the required OSHA practices to comply with both.
RRP Training in Massachusetts is heating up again. We have had many calls from contractors after they had site visits from the DOS (Department of Safety). The DOS is out enforcing the law. They are giving warnings and letting contractors know that as of 7/9/2010 contractors must be registered with the State of Mass and trained to work on pre-1978 properties.
In March of this year Koopman Lumber hosted two EPA RRP Certified Renovator Courses for their contractor clients. Due to continued interest in the RRP training they are sponsoring another training on 6/28/2010 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough, Mass.