By Alec Caldwell
You’re working on a renovation project and the homeowner tells you they want to hire a tradesperson themselves, to do certain work. It could be their brother-in-law, a friend, someone else they know. You know their idea is fraught with danger but how can you handle the situation without alienating your customer?
One thing you can do is to remind them that, if they start hiring their own trades, they are becoming, in effect, the “constructor” on the job (as specified in Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, as well as in other provinces and territories). This opens them up to legal liability in the event of an injury (or death) of one of the trades under their supervision.
Alec Caldwell is the founder of CARAHS (Canadian Association of Renovators and Home Services) an organization that educates contractors on issues exactly like this one. Visit www.carahs.org for more information.