COVID-19 and the Construction Industry

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  1. Check Off These 3 Items Before Doing Roof Work

    There are countless roofers out there who want nothing more than to get to work without having to worry about the red tape of roofing insurance and licensing. Although there’s nothing more admirable than a desire to work, failure to abide by local, state, and federal law could result in you being barred from working. That’s the last thing we want to see happen. That’s why we put together this handy checklist to ensure that…

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  2. Understanding Fall-Related Deaths by the Numbers

    As we’ve discussed throughout 2020, construction firms that can combine time-tested practices with new technologies and research will see the most success in the industry moving forward. One such way roofing contractors can create a safer workplace is by reviewing recent database information and implementing this intel into their safety plans. A recent database system created by researchers analyzed 33 years worth of fatalities in the construction industry, and the information compiled from this study…

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  3. What Are the Roofing License Requirements in Illinois and Chicago?

    Becoming a licensed contractor is an important step for any roofer. Not only does it help homeowners and commercial property owners find your business, but it also helps to ensure that you are operating lawfully in the state of Illinois. Unfortunately, Illinois and Chicago’s licensing requirements are complicated, to say the least. In this brief article, we’ll discuss the licensing requirements in Illinois as well as the Windy City. This article is for educational purposes…

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  4. What Hazards Can Outdoor Construction Workers Encounter?

    Summer is in full swing here in Florida. Contractors can expect scorching heat and heavy rain in the coming months. In addition to these widely known perils, construction workers will have to contend with those that are less known but no less hazardous. Hazards like poisonous plants, venomous animals, and disease-carrying insects, for example, can pose just as much of a threat to your workers. Below, we discuss some common and uncommon hazards that outdoor…

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  5. What If An Employee Refuses to Return to Work?

      Unfortunately, the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has presented many challenges to all industries, including roofing professionals. Along with needing to comply with safety guidelines, employers will also be tested when it comes to navigating difficult employment law decisions. There’s a real potential that many workers may not return to work if they feel they are unsafe.  In this brief article, a roofing lawyer in Florida will discuss an employer’s legal rights if…

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  6. General Liability Considerations and Potential Exposure in Reopening Your Roofing Business

    As Illinois enters phrase three of the state’s reopening plan after a stay-at-home order that lasted more than two months, construction businesses that didn’t remain active during the shutdown are gearing up to reopen with significant modifications. Along with the added challenges of project delays and compliance complaints, employers must be prepared in the event that an employee gets sick on the jobsite, leading to anything from workers’ compensation filings to wrongful death lawsuits. Below,…

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  7. Fall Protection and Liability

    As roofing lawyers, we are committed to providing roofing industry employers with the legal advice they need to grow and protect their business. We often discuss fall restraint systems and other forms of roof protection, including fall protection anchor points, because we know that the proper use of these resources can protect the workforce, save lives, and protect employers from liability. In this article, a roofing lawyer will discuss the main types of litigation an…

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  8. Growth of the Global Fall Protection Market Spells Innovation in Equipment Design

    In March of this year, Arizton published their Global Outlook and Forecast 2020-2025 for the Fall Protection Equipment Market. This report projected a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over ten percent for the fall protection market due to a number of factors, including an increase in construction output, the rise of an aging workforce, and growing investment in renewable energy. Considering these factors, there is expected to be a significant increase in demand for…

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  9. Severe Weather Season Best Practices for Roofing Contractors

    In the United States, March through May is characterized as the severe weather season due to frequent occurrences of destructive thunderstorms and tornadoes. Through March of 2020, the Insurance Information Institute reported 108 tornados — including those in central Tennessee that resulted in the deaths of 25 people on March 3rd.  Alabama is expected to endure isolated tornado threats and widespread damaging winds for the remainder of the season. In this brief article, a roofing…

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  10. What Contractors Should Know About Blue Roof Contracts

    Roofing contractors selling tarps as temporary repairs must take the necessary precautions to protect themselves while serving their community. Although the installation of temporary coverings may seem minor, it is important to recognize the potential for things to go awry.  In this article, we discuss what blue roof contracts are and why you should have them at the ready prior to disaster. Cotney Construction Law is now offering blue roof contracts for only $250. If…

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