Cash deal roofers: Homeowners may be considered constructors
The Ontario Ministry of Labour is launching a public awareness campaign warning homeowners about the legal risks of hiring cash-deal roofers
By Alec Caldwell
The Ontario Ministry of Labour is launching a digital and radio awareness campaign aimed at homeowners. They are sending a direct message to homeowners about the risks posed by hiring residential roofing contractors who operate “under the table” in cash deals.
Their message will tell homeowners they may be considered “constructors” and subject to obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) especially if they hire multiple contractors to work at the same time. Furthermore, if the dwelling these contractors are working on is a rental property (residence) this property can now be considered a commercial one – and the homeowner will be considered as an employer under the Act.
The new Working at Heights Standard for everyone is being taken very serious by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and this awareness campaign shows their resolve. The deadline date for those in transition from the old training to the new Working at Heights training loom close. Ontario Ministry of Labour info.
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