Canadian Contractor

Alec Caldwell   

That little black box

Canadian Contractor

Every contractor should possess a little black box, crucial to avoid liability in the event of an unthinkable serious injury or fatality on your jobsite. It's called a Policies and Procedures Document. If you don't have one, you could be in serious trouble with the Ministry of Labour.

After a plane crash, investigators try to locate the plane’s black box, as it will form a crucial part of the investigation.

Did you know that we in the renovation and home building industries have our own version of that little black box?

After a construction job site accident, where serious injuries occur to one of your subtrades or employees, an investigation by the Ministry of Labour will immediately seek to find your little company’s little black box.

It’s called a Policies & Procedures document.

If you don’t have one, or even know what one looks like, maybe its time you did. So you can protect yourself from the unthinkable: a Ministry of Labour investigation into a serious injury or death that finds you liable.

CARAHS can set you up with Policies and Procedures in Ontario. Contact Monica Olenroot for details at:

Toll free 1-866-366-2930 or by email:

CARAHS is a non profit Association delivering Safety, Education & Benefits to Self employed Contractors, Renovators, Builders, Trades & Home Services

Check out the benefits of being a CARAHS member by clicking here.


CARAHS is sponsored by the Canadian Contractor magazine




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