When you’re considering having work done on your home, the safety of the workers may be a concern. After all, you don’t want to end up on the wrong end of a lawsuit if a worker falls on your property and gets hurt, and the contractor turns out to have not followed the letter of the law! Here’s a quick look at how contractors are required to meet safety and labor laws, including Section 240, in New York State.

Meeting Safety Requirements and Labor Laws in New York

As the only state in the US that provides strong liability for almost all accidents on construction sites, New York Labor Law Section 240 provides a set of standards for contractors to meet regarding worker safety. Known as the Scaffolding law, it can include workers falling from an elevated workplace if they haven’t been provided with a properly-functioning safety device or workers who are injured from debris or tools falling off of an elevated workplace. 

It imposes absolute liability on contractors, construction companies and property owners to maintain a safe worksite, but doesn’t look at whether the worker who was hurt acted negligently, provided that wasn’t the only cause of their injury. However, the owner or contractor isn’t automatically found negligent either. For some situations, the liability is instead passed by a contract or common law to a different party.

So what’s a homeowner or business owner’s best defense against this type of liability? Only work with contractors that have a strong safety record. Look over their qualifications, verify their licenses, ask if you can get a copy of their worker’s comp experience modification rate or do a search on OSHA’s website to check the company’s citation history. 

You also have the option of asking about the company’s liability insurance, and ask that a hold-harmless and indemnification be a part of the contract, which removes the liability from the property owner. You can also ask for a copy of the company’s certificate of insurance prior to work beginning, which shows that the company is maintaining its insurance.

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By taking these precautions, you can defend yourself and your home against lawsuits brought by injured workers. AVA Roofing has a solid track record of safe construction practices. We would be delighted to help you get your project going, just contact us today to get started!

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What’s the Difference Between a Fly-By-Night vs. Professional Roofer?

When you have a roofing repair or replacement that needs to happen, you often have a choice of a few different options. Most homeowners will get several quotes, some of which will be lower than others. However, there are any number of other aspects that you should consider beyond simple cost. Here’s a look at why you should always use a professional roofer instead of a fly-by-night operation.

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Product Materials

The materials that make up your roof and the way in which they are installed make up the two major factors behind the quality of your roofing job and how long it will last. But when you use fly-by-night operations, you’re not necessarily getting the best quality materials. Though they may talk about their personal experience with the material, they haven’t stuck around to see how it performs long-term. Make sure you’re getting quality materials so they’ll stand the test of time.

Labor Warranty

Will the fly-by-night operator actually come back and take care of a problem a few months down the road or even several years from now? A professional roofer is in the business for the long haul and will offer a warranty on their work. A fly-by-night operator? Probably not, even if you can get in touch with them once they’ve left the immediate area. Make sure the work that is done will be covered.

Price

Why is price listed last? Because it should never be your first consideration in construction. A fly-by-night operator will offer prices that are too good to be true, because they almost always are too good to be true. Stick with a professional roofer to ensure that you receive a quality job on your residential roofing project.

AVA is the Roofing Team to Trust

By working with professional roofers, you can ensure that your roofing job will stand the test of time and a professional contractor who will be there should the need arise. If you’re looking for a great roofing company that stands behind its work, it’s time to reach out to AVA Roofing & Siding. Our family-owned and -operated business has been serving the western upstate New York region for over six decades with quality services. Please feel free to contact us today for more information, with any questions or to get a quote on our high-quality contracting services.

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