Safety consultant and construction worker David Dahr has written a handbook about safety and the legal responsibilities of a property owner that every homeowner doing renovations should read.
To quote the preface of the book, it was written "for homeowners to assist them in understanding who the major players are in the construction industry, as well as for employers and employees who work in the industry itself. It is meant to assist everyone in, or related to, commercial or residential construction to have a better appreciation of their responsibilities in occupational health and safety. It explains how these factors impact on the construction process itself and on the process of hiring someone to work on a homeowner's property."
With all the regulations, laws, and agencies related to workplace safety it is unlikely that any given homeowner knows the details of their potential liabilities when hiring people to work on their property. Make no mistake about it, if you hire a contractor (with or without a crew of additional workers) to do work on your property, you have obligations and responsibilities much like an employer does. Your property becomes a workplace just like a construction zone and responsibilities go along with it. Protection in a Handbook will forearm you with knowledge that will assist you in making your property a safer place to work and reduce the chances that you get held liable for a serious problem. A point worth repeating is that assuming that you know what you need to know does not compare to having real knowledge of prevention or loss associated with workplace safety and reading this handbook will help you gain some important knowledge in that area.
Protection in a Handbook can teach homeowners
- Who is responsible for what aspect of safety at the work site.
- What to be aware of before starting work at your site.
- How to delegate safety responsibilities to qualified individuals.
Protection in a Handbook can assist contractors by
- Helping identify what safety training is available for both the employer and employee.
- Explaining which regulations from the occupational health and safety act (OHSA) that both employer and employee must know.
- Helping employees appreciate what the employer is required to do on their behalf.
- Helping you to understand your own responsibility when someone works on your property.
- Explaining how your safety training could be used against you in your defence of due diligence.
Dave is from and currently works in Nova Scotia but his research revealed that the laws and regulations are very similar in many jurisdictions. While the names of specific organizations and applicable legal acts many be different in other areas, we can say with certainty that the information in the book applies to all of Canada.
"It is my pleasure to recommend Protection in a Handbook by David Dahr. As a lawyer who practiced for thirteen years, and as a realtor for nineteen more, I am perhaps more aware than most of liability problems that can attach themselves to the homeowner employing workers and contractors to work on their property; but David has revealed some surprises of which I was unaware. I have been impressed by his pure and driven desire to protect his fellow workers and homeowners, and make them more aware of how to best protect themselves. He is an apostle for safety.
This is a must-read for homeowners, workers, contractors and realtors who assist home buyers by providing names of prospective contractors. This book is concise, easy to read, and valuable."
Don Clark, B.A., L.L.B., A.B.R., Century 21 Classic Realty Ltd. Dartmouth N.S.
Read more reviews and comments about Protection in a Handbook.
Electronic copies of Protection in a Handbook are availabe in Portable Document Format (PDF) for a charge of $8.00 Canadian Dollars payable by Visa and Mastercard credit cards. UPDATE: The digital copy of the handbook is now free!
Soon we will be offering an automated shopping and shipping process for those who wish to purchase a hard copy of the handbook. In the meantime though we are accepting Interac Email Money Transfers from major Canadian banks and Credit Unions. Simply log into your online banking account and transfer $15.00 ($12.00 for the book, plus $3.00 for shipping within Canada) to David Dahr's email address. Then send David your mailing address and the information your bank requires such as the secret security question and answer so David can complete the transfer. Most financial institutions charge a fee for this service.
Your should receive your hard copy of the handbook within two to three weeks of the transfer. Please note our policies and technical information before purchasing the handbook.
If you live outside of Canada and are interested in purchasing a hard copy of the book, please contact author David Dahr directly.
(Alternatively, you can download a digital copy of the handbook for free and print it out on a local printer.)
Genesis Safety System
Knowledge of safety is most important, but better tools can make the workplace even safer. Be sure to learn about the Genesis Safety System, an improvement over traditional scaffolding, to see how you can make your property a safer work site when home renovations are being done.