CASE STUDY: ROOF DANGER
Did you know? Home owners can be held legally responsible for the safety of workers?
A recent news story has indicated that Gordon Campbell was held responsible for the death of a workman who fell through his skylight.
Unfortunately this scenario is not uncommon, people often hire contractors to work on their home while being blissfully unaware of their legal responsibilities. Home owners should know that if a worker is injured/killed while working on your roof or anywhere else on your property, you may be held legally responsible for their injuries or death.
To avoid liability you must have a legal contract, stating who is the primary contractor (responsible for coordinating and enforcing Worksafe BC regulations with all sub-contractors). Otherwise the home owner is considered the primary contractor by default. Therefore, I strongly encourage my readers to know their legal responsibilities, to protect their workers from harm and themselves from liability exposure.
Glen Duxbury & Associates
Building Inspection and Consulting