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Thursday, March 20, 2014   by: Staff



The Sault Ste. Marie Regional Labour Management Health and Safety Committee (SSMRLMHSC) is set to take part in this year’s Spring Home Expo to bring extremely important information to Sault Ste. Marie residents looking to hire contractors.

The SSMRLMHSC consists of representation from local companies and labour organizations who commit to meeting every month to discuss health and safety issues that affect construction, electrical, and infrastructure contractors in Sault Ste. Marie. 

This committee is a subcommittee of the Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee of the IHSA which was originally established in 1968.

This committee is a volunteer basis and no acting members receive pay for their services. 

Each year, the committee sets out a mandate to fill regarding what issues they identify as being key for their companies. 

A major initiative was taken on last year to develop a training program for the Sault’s young people, age 14 to 18, entering into the local workforce. 

This program is being offered free of charge to anyone in our region and the members of the committee are available to speak to students regarding their rights to a safe and healthy workplace.

This year, one of the mandates the committee set was to raise awareness in residential construction and the general public hiring contractors to do work around their home. 

The increasing underground economy has affected residents here in the Sault, and the SSMRLMHSC wants to provide information on how you can protect yourself against uninsured contractors. 

When a home owner hires a contractor who is not insured and is not registered with the WSIB it opens the doors to enormous legal implications which could cost the home owner thousands of dollars over and above any money paid for the project. 

There are a few simple steps that you can take to prevent much of this happening.

Every year Sault Ste. Marie residents hire some of the most qualified and safe working contractors this province has to offer. 

The amount of talent here in the Sault is something to be very proud of. 

Many of these companies are represented through the Sault’s Labour Management Committee and they have worked hard to promote safety on every one of their job sites – even if that jobsite happens to be your home.

These are people who can be trusted to produce quality work under safe conditions with very happy clients. 

Unfortunately, this is not the case with all contractors.

By asking the right questions, you can avoid much of legal consequences of hiring uninsured and unregistered workers. 

There is always a temptation to go with a “friend of a friend who kind of did this before” because the costs can be significantly lower. 

However, many people are starting to realize that this can be the start of months, if not years, of problems as a result of not knowing what questions to ask. 

A good contractor will offer the information to every single client BEFORE they are asked for it.

The Sault Ste. Marie Regional Labour Management Health and Safety Committee is pleased to take part in the Spring Expo and looks forward to meeting everyone who is thinking of hiring a contractor any time in the future.


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anderson.gmc77 3/20/2014 1:46:22 PM Report

this is a joke even the contractor in this town r a joke my girlfriends parent had there bathroom redone by someone not saying who but now they had to get someone else to fix it
BlackHelix 3/20/2014 1:49:44 PM Report

I especially like the part "There are a few simple steps that you can take to prevent much of this happening."

And then fail to list a single one...
ThinkAgain 3/20/2014 2:11:44 PM Report

"young people, age 14 to 18, entering into the local workforce"

What do they teach in school today??
Beej 3/20/2014 2:38:51 PM Report

"And then fail to list a single one..."

I see one! :)
thera 3/20/2014 3:30:04 PM Report

Well, I know this: I'm not hating that picture! Who's with me? Lol
guestwho 3/20/2014 4:26:01 PM Report

must have been written by someone who owns a company,never heard of legal battles over wsib issues.scare tatics?
Trying to get rid of the small guys??
Ski-Dude 3/20/2014 4:54:29 PM Report


This picture is disgusting and degrades males! Stereotyping at it's finest! We don't all look like this! We don't all work in construction! Just hate it that the male species is continually getting stereotyped like this! lmao
mosquitos 3/20/2014 5:17:49 PM Report

Here we go, more regulation and red tape to drive up costs for homeowners. Hire a friend, be involved and you can't go wrong, and won't pay for paper pushers who essentially do nothing. WSIB--give me a break! Don't ever get hurt, you will be in a battle for life. Home renovating is not rocket science or brain surgery, unless you are doing something structural, cut these leeches out of the loop. Remember, you will pay for that big truck with the name on the side and all the regulators that go with them. Don't let these villains into your home or you'll pay a bundle and get the same job.
Number One Son 3/20/2014 6:41:12 PM Report

Just another scheme to get the work for big companies. They start off by calling anyone else part of an underground economy. I am a small time contractor and I do everything above board. I do not have WSIB because as a sole proprietor I cannot make a WSIB claim for myself. As a sole proprietor, you can sue my ass off and take my $400,000.00 house if you want.

There a many good "underground" contractors out there, big business should spend there efforts on something else.
Stan12 3/20/2014 7:12:41 PM Report

So, what are the questions we should ask?? What are the steps we should take?
None are given.
What a meaningless report!
Gater 3/20/2014 7:24:54 PM Report

Not so folks.. you must at a minimum ask for proof of WSIB and liability insurance from any contractor you hire for work on your house/tree removal to name a few..
The consequences can be SEVERE if a employee of theirs or a neighbor of yours gets hurt or worse while the contractor is under your employ.. As your homeowners insurance will almost certainly NOT cover any accident..
There are folks out there that are still paying contractors who sued them years after...
Better to be sure that $500 job does not cost you $100,000
Harvickstang 3/20/2014 7:26:00 PM Report

Number One Son:
How about the fact that guys like you and I pay $3600. a year to Aviva for 2mil liability insurance. That because we are owner operators.
Not good enuff for the government. Suck a little more cash out of our pockets so we fail !
Not gonna happen to this guy ! LOL
mosquitos 3/20/2014 7:51:05 PM Report

Here are a few simple steps:
1) avoid paying everyone else who is not doing the job
2)do not give WSIB a dime, work directly for the homeowner
3) rely on the Soo Mill and lumber stores for quality people
4)be involved in the project (unless you are loaded)
5) If you are afraid, pay much more for over-insured regulated people and wait longer
6) be aware of the cost overruns when you get your quote, you'll be sure to get them with over-insured, regulated guys

judoka 3/20/2014 10:17:56 PM Report

Number one pretty sure its law now, that even a proprietor ownership requires WSIB coverage. I have a small business too, and was not required to have coverage for myself ( all the employees of course ), but now its mandatory.
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