Mold and contractor liabilityCanadian Contractor canada Insurance Liability
Most contractors' general liability insurance policies do not normally cover them for mold issues.
It seems mold issues are a serious concern to contractors in Canada, yet currently there are no national standards that specify the rights or responsibilities of contractors with respect to mold.
The most common types of mold are generally not harmful to healthy individuals, yet some molds may be hazardous indeed, causing health issues that range from allergic reactions, to toxic effects, to, in the most extreme cases, death.
Undisturbed mold is a problem, but disturbed, stirred up mold is even worse. Contractors disturb mold while breaking down bathroom walls or when working in leaky or wet basements: mold spores are released and can be breathed in by workers, homeowners and their families.
Homeowners and building owners can pursue legal action against contractors and other parties when mold is discovered down the road, if it’s deemed that poor construction practices have created the conditions for mold to take hold. Making a bad situation worse, most contractors’ standard general liability insurance policies do not normally cover them for mold issues.
I suggest contractors do two things: Firstly, if you discover mold on a job, get as much information about the type of mold you are dealing with as possible, and disseminate that information as widely as you can (to workers, to the homeowner, to anyone else on the site) if the mold is of a dangerous type. Secondly, take time out to review your general contractors’ liability insurance policy to make sure it covers you for mold issues.
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