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Posting photos of your jobsites online? Here’s how it can cause you serious legal problems…

It’s really tempting to whip out your phone, take instant photos of videos of your jobsite, and upload them to Facebook, etc. This can cost you. You’ve got to plan all online images of your work very carefully.

“Where’s the money, Adam?” “The money went into the company!”

Global TV News got Adam Gardin to answer the question everyone else is wondering about: Where did all those homeowner deposits GO? “Into my company!” That was easy.

“The idea of a company paying for its existence on the site (HomeStars) speaks volumes…”

“Hundreds of fake HomeStars reviews were made by (my former employer’s) office employees and spouses…”

“It (did) not take Columbo to read GarCon’s reviews and smell a big pile of fish”

“I also took great offence at the Toronto Star and CityTV highlighting that Mr. Gardin is Jewish.”

Don’t mess around with methylene chloride!

As if we don’t have enough to worry about from asbestos and lead, here’s another substance to avoid ingesting or breathing in, on the job site.

Correction: New Ontario Working at Heights Standard arrives April 1, 2015

CARAHS currently offers a fall protection training course for Ontario, and if you were to complete this course before April 1, you essentially have an extension period up to April 1, 2017, for Ontario’s new training standard for Working at Heights.

“Re: WSIB I have to pay for our bookkeeping staff at the rate for carpenters: 9.10%”

Richart, a contractor in Ontario, explains how he has to pay three different rates of WSIB, including paying for his papercut-liable bookkeeper as if they were framing houses

“How come it’s news when a contractor rips off a homeowner, but never when the reverse occurs?”

Alec Caldwell writes that he is sure the Ontario College of Trades is rubbing his hands in glee at the well-publicized story of GarCon Building Group stiffing its homeowners, employees and trades.

The GarCon protest: “Glad to see these particular trades standing arm in arm with the homeowners.”

Drywall contractor Sean Keane, famously suing the WSIB for putting him out of business, says he is glad to see subtrades picketing, arm-in-arm with homeowners, against GarCon Building Group

What kind of cell phone etiquette do you or your workers use?

Don’t answer the phone at all if you can’t answer the phone professionally and courteously. If you can’t leave a professional voicemail message, have someone else record one for you.