Magazine for professional home renovators.

Alec Caldwell

Driving in the big city: Confrontations with other drivers and road rage

Some people become demons when they climb behind the wheel. Taking their aggressive driving actions personally could cost you your life – or at the least a criminal record.

Drunken people

Alcohol and substance abuse in the workplace

I watched as the police officer dragged him out of his company vehicle on a Saturday morning. It was just after 9:15am. His vehicle had mounted the curb at a traffic light. Luckily…

Contractors: Are you all work and no play?

If you are all work and no play, as a professional contractor, you are going to burn out. Planning a vacation should be part of your business plan – it will increase your happiness AND productivity.

ambulance, new

In a work site accident, is calling 911 your rescue plan?

Calling 911 is NOT a jobsite rescue plan in the event of an accident on your worksite. Rescue plans have to be a little more detailed than that. Read this article for some tips on the extra information you need to build into YOUR plan.

Screen shot 2014-07-30 at 12.08.39 PM

Construction trench fatality in Toronto: there are NO “accidents”

“These deaths always stem from human error, be it lack of training, pushing too fast and taking shortcuts, lack of equipment, or poor supervision.”

x1230-man-head-in-hands.jpg.pagespeed.ic.d0jlKTthmO

Trying to make your Ontario WSIB payments by cutting your private insurance? A bad idea – and here’s why…

Ontario WSIB can be extremely expensive. But abandoning your own, private, individual sickness and disability insurance – just to help pay for hour WSIB – is going to absolutely kill you financially if you get cancer or another critical illness

li-roof-no-harness

Ontario Ministry of Labour begins summer safety blitz, focusing on fall prevention

Don’t be surprised if you see a MoL inspector on your jobsite, even if you are “just” doing a renovation… The MoL keep an eagle eye on the big commercial builders, yes. But 37% of safety orders written by MoL inspectors during their safety blitz last summer, were written at single-family residential jobsites.

Opinion: Is Bell Canada gouging you on fees and interest?

Giant corporations seem to dine out on smaller, entrepreneurial companies that rely on their essential services. One of my members has serious complaints about Bell Canada’s contracts, billing practices and interest rates.

Caldwells stilts

Rules for the use of stilts in residential construction in Ontario

Back in the day, stilts were banned in my jurisdiction. Some drywallers and insulation guys would get around this ban by using rollerblades. Crazy stuff.

paid_duty_cop_2-size-xxlarge-original

Police officers working on construction sites without safety gear

Frequently, you will see cops working very close to construction sites, or even on construction sites proper, without construction safety equipment. In cases like this, who is responsible for enforcing the Occupational Health & Safety Act (as it’s called in Ontario)?