Category: Safety

Home-based contracting businesses need specific insurance coverage

Home-based contracting businesses need specific insurance coverage

Standard homeowner policies are not adequate to cover all risks  by John Bleasby  You started out small with just a home office in the spare room. As the business grew, you hired some staff to work in the expanded home ...READ MORE
Radon gas risks are real, but action and reaction is inconsistent

Radon gas risks are real, but action and reaction is inconsistent

Health Canada recommendations for radon mitigation could cause deaths, CHBA says by John Bleasby The 2016 report from the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) is quite clear. “Radon is a radioactive gas which is a decay product of uranium, and is ...READ MORE
Nail Gun Safety

Nail Gun Safety

Nail gun safety? “Don’t worry, be trigger happy!” Safety devices are built into most nail guns and shouldn’t be short-circuited By John Bleasby Is there a scarier tool on a job site than a nail gun? Probably no other ...READ MORE
Summer Heat:  Too Much of a Good Thing

Summer Heat: Too Much of a Good Thing

Here’s a scary statistic from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Association: an investigation of over two dozen heat-related incidents on work sites involved workers on their first day, and over 80 per cent involved workers who had only ...READ MORE
Building materials of the past; where are they today?

Building materials of the past; where are they today?

‘They don’t build them like they used to!” (Maybe with good reason!) October 24, 2017 by John Bleasby Nostalgia just isn’t what it used to be, or is it? Are you someone who feels that many things today are ...READ MORE
Is there a silver bullet to sound proofing?

Is there a silver bullet to sound proofing?

New construction or renovation, walls or floors. Each has challenges and solutions by John Bleasby Soundproofing arises as a major frustration for owners of both new and renovated homes alike. Whether it’s a semi-detached home with the future ACDC ...READ MORE
Different climate control solutions have implications for contractors

Different climate control solutions have implications for contractors

Save trouble later by knowing what the mechanical system designer has specified by John Bleasby As homes become more energy efficient, air movement and climate control on all living space levels becomes increasingly important. There is more than one ...READ MORE
Why Do We Throw New Tradespeople Under the Bus?

Why Do We Throw New Tradespeople Under the Bus?

By Steve Maxwell I recently received an email from an electrician named Ken on the east coast and it got me thinking. He’s been in the trade for 25 years and during that time he’s noticed how training has ...READ MORE
How does WCI affect the small employer?

How does WCI affect the small employer?

How does WCI affect the small employer? Workers compensation insurance regulations differ provincially and can vary depending on the number of employees. As a contractor or employee, you need to understand the rules, especially as your business grows, or ...READ MORE
“GETTING THINGS DONE” FOR CONTRACTORS

“GETTING THINGS DONE” FOR CONTRACTORS

“You can’t do it all yourself.” That’s one of the topics we repeatedly return to in Builders Business, as we look at ways to improve your profitability as a pro builder. We have had a number of columns from ...READ MORE
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