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Tips for Complying With OSHA’s Fire Safety Protection and Prevention Regulations

In recent years, fire safety has remained a top priority for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as fires and explosions frequently result in fatal occupational injuries. In this brief article, a Michigan OSHA lawyer with Cotney Construction Law covers tips for complying with OSHA’s fire safety protection and prevention regulations found under Subpart F- Fire Protection and Prevention of Safety and Health Regulations for Construction.  

Maintain an Updated Fire Prevention Plan (FPP)

OSHA requires employers to maintain an updated, written fire prevention plan posted within the workplace that can be made readily available for employees to review. At minimum, your fire prevention plan should include the following elements:

  • A list of any and all major fire hazards, proper storage and handling procedures for hazardous materials, potential ignition sources, and type of fire protection equipment necessary to control each of these hazards. 
  • Procedures necessary to control accumulations of combustible waste or flammable materials.
  • Procedures necessary to regularly maintain safeguards installed on heat-producing equipment in prevention of accidental ignition.
  • The name or job title of employees responsible for the control of these hazards.

Additionally, OSHA requires the employer to inform employees upon assignment of potential fire hazards. The employer is then required to review with the employee which parts of the prevention plan are necessary for their self-protection. Whenever the fire prevention plan is updated, the plan must be reviewed with all employees. 

Train Workers About Fire Hazards

In order to protect yourself and your employees from fire hazards, all employees should be trained about fire hazards in the workplace and what to do in the event of a fire emergency. If you want your employees to evacuate or use firefighting equipment, you must provide the appropriate equipment and train them accordingly. For example, although employers are not required to provide portable fire extinguishers, if you do provide them, an educational program must be established to provide hands-on training with the portable fire extinguishers. 

The same applies for emergency action plans. Only employers who are required by specific OSHA standards must develop emergency action plans; however, if emergency action plans are developed, then you must ensure that you provide the appropriate training to your workers on the routes and procedures to follow and the employee alarm system which will be used. 

Ensure Your Fixed Extinguishing Systems Are in Compliance With OSHA Standards

Unlike other aspects of fire protection previously mentioned, OSHA’s fixed extinguishing systems general standard applies to all employees who have a fixed extinguishing system installed, with the exception of automatic sprinkler systems. A great way to stay in compliance with OSHA is to ensure that you are following your responsibilities for operating, testing, and maintaining these fixed extinguishing systems. 

For starters, when the fire suppression system is out of service, you must be able to temporarily substitute a fire watch of trained employees. This watch must be included in both the fire prevention plan and emergency action plan, if applicable. If the extinguishing agent used in the system poses a potential health hazard, such as carbon dioxide, then signs must be posted accordingly. For more information on how you can bring your jobsite up to date with OSHA standards, contact a Michigan OSHA lawyer today. 

If you would like to speak with a Michigan OSHA attorney, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce. In this article, our Florida OSHA defense lawyers will cover the new requirements provided by the federal agency. Now more than ever before, construction companies need to comply with federal safety regulations. If you were recently cited for a safety violation, an OSHA attorney with Cotney Construction Law can help you contest this citation. For more information on our legal services, including access to our COVID-19 Protection Kit for a flat fee of $300, consult our Florida OSHA defense attorneys.  

Reviewing the 12 COVID-19-Related Tips From OSHA 

OSHA is currently undergoing the process of releasing industry-specific tips to help protect the health and safety of American workers during this unique time. For construction professionals, the national safety organization provided the following tips to help reduce exposure to COVID-19. Our OSHA lawyers will provide a little more insight on each of these tips:  

1) Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick.  

We have previously discussed this tip in several articles, including COVID-19 Preventing Workplace Exposure in Construction. Furthermore, if an employee is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, separate them from their co-workers and send them home immediately to self-isolate.  

2) Allow workers to wear masks over their nose and mouth to prevent them from spreading the virus.  

To prevent the transmission of COVID-19 on your jobsite, it’s best for employers to provide their workforce with masks and gloves. It’s critical that professionals in all industries optimize their PPE supply during this time

3) Continue to use other normal control measures, including personal protective equipment (PPE), necessary to protect workers from other job hazards associated with construction activities.  

Regardless of if a project is going on during a pandemic or not, employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their workforce for non-COVID-19-related safety reasons. Contractors and site managers need to monitor PPE use and provide as safe a work environment as possible.  

4) Advise workers to avoid physical contact with others and direct employees/contractors/visitors to increase personal space to at least six feet, where possible. Where work trailers are used, all workers should maintain social distancing while inside the trailers.  

Although it may be difficult to overcome social distancing challenges on a jobsite, our attorneys encourage construction companies to implement the measures recommended by OSHA to stop the spread of COVID-19. You can learn more about social distancing requirements in this article.  

5) Train workers how to properly put on, use/wear, and take off protective clothing and equipment.  

Employers will need to ramp up their safety training courses for a variety of initiatives, including safety tips related to properly wearing and removing new forms of PPE. For safety manual drafting services, consult our OSHA lawyers

6) Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.  

This is another topic we covered in previous articles that remains as relevant today as it did over a month ago. Contractors must abide by all safety rules or they risk being shut down. This includes both public health regulations and the newest legislation from local or state stay-at-home orders. 

7) Promote personal hygiene. If workers do not have immediate access to soap and water for handwashing, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol.  

On top of providing alcohol-based hand rubs and hand sanitizer in accessible areas all over the jobsite, construction site managers should make sure that any areas that see heavy foot traffic are thoroughly sanitized throughout the day. 

8) Use Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals from List N or that have label claims against the coronavirus.  

For a full list of products that meet the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) criteria for use against the COVID-19 virus, you can read more here. Furthermore, always make sure to follow the label directions when using any EPA-registered disinfectant.    

9) To the extent tools or equipment must be shared, provide and instruct workers to use alcohol-based wipes to clean tools before and after use. When cleaning tools and equipment, workers should consult manufacturer recommendations for proper cleaning techniques and restrictions.  

Along with providing soap, disinfectants, and thoroughly cleaning all common areas, contractors need to also monitor the use of tools and equipment and ensure that these resources are being thoroughly cleaned. Read more tips in our article focused on Creating a Crisis Management Plan for COVID-19

10) Keep in-person meetings (including toolbox talks and safety meetings) as short as possible, limit the number of workers in attendance, and use social distancing practices.  

Although some in-person meetings for essential workers on the jobsite are necessary (so long as they comply with social distancing guidelines), it’s best to conduct any meetings that aren’t related to critical operations through a video conferencing system like Zoom. Even construction companies can transition some aspects of their operations to telework

11) Clean and disinfect portable jobsite toilets regularly. Hand sanitizer dispensers should be filled regularly. Frequently-touched items (i.e., door pulls and toilet seats) should be disinfected.  

Along with performing these important tasks, contractors should keep up to date on the latest health and safety standards updates and review the OSHA standards that apply to COVID-19

12) Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns.

With increased concerns of the health and safety of workers, reporting systems are crucial right now. Along with having a reliable onsite reporting process, construction companies need to have a point of contact for any workers that fear they were infected away from the jobsite. Click here to read more about OSHA’s record keeping requirements with regards to COVID-19 cases on the jobsite. 

If you would like to speak with an OSHA attorney, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

In February of this year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The purpose of this NEP is to ensure compliance with the 2016 silica standards by way of educational outreach programs and enforcement requirements. In this brief article, a Texas OSHA lawyer explains what revisions were made to the NEP and how you can prevent worker exposure to silica on your jobsite. 

Related: Does Your Construction Site Have a Safety or Health Hazard Present?

Overview of Respirable Crystalline Silica

Respirable crystalline silica consists of very small silica particles generated by the sawing, grinding, drilling, cutting, or crushing of materials, such as concrete, rock, brick, mortar, stone, and block. Industrial sand, such as that found in fracking, is also a source of silica. Workers who inhale airborne silica particles are at increased risk for a number of health concerns, including lung cancer, kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and silicosis. It is estimated that approximately 2.3 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to respirable silica each year. 

OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction

To better understand the changes to the NEP, it’s important to review OSHA’s guidelines for respirable crystalline silica exposure in the construction industry under 29 CFR § 1926.1153. The standard for the construction industry covers the steps employers are required to take in order to limit workplace exposure to crystalline silica and protect workers from the hazards associated with exposure. The standard is flexible in terms of which dust control methods are used; however all constructions employers are required to: 

  • Establish and implement a written exposure plan
  • Offer medical exams for workers required to wear a respirator for 30 or more days per year
  • Keep records of medical exams and exposure measurements
  • Train workers on operations that may result in silica exposure and methods for limiting exposure
  • Provide respiratory protection, when necessary

Related: Why Construction Firms Need an OSHA Defense Lawyer for their Job Site

Changes to the NEP

The revisions to the NEP are designed to target the industries expected to have the highest number of workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica and aid in compliance with the new silica standards. As such, the application revised the lower permissible exposure limit to 50 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) as an 8-hour time-weighted average. This includes general industry, maritime, and construction. 

In addition to compliance from all OSHA regional and area offices, local officials will conduct targeted inspections of sites within six months of the announcement. Ninety days prior to planned inspections, local offices are to initiate outreach programs to educate and aid local industries. For more information on how to limit occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica or comply with the revisions to the NEP, contact one of our Texas OSHA defense lawyers today. 

If you would like to speak with a Texas OSHA lawyer, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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 high-end fall protection equipment. 

In this brief article, we discuss the implications of such a surge in the global fall protection market, namely innovation in fall protection equipment design. For more information on ensuring your fall restraint systems comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, contact an experienced roofing lawyer with Cotney Construction Law today. 

Related: Fall Restraint Systems: Get Compliant Before It’s Too Late

The Next Generation of Fall Protection Equipment Is Making Its Debut

An article published by the Occupational Health & Safety Magazine highlights the fact that an increased demand in the global fall protection market will likely usher in a new generation of fall protection equipment safer and more effective than that of the previous generations. This includes upgrades in mobility, comfort, and material quality.

Related: Dispelling the Myths of Fall Protection

Harnesses 

Harnesses are a great example of how design innovation can lead to greater compliance with OSHA standards involving fall restraint systems. Typically, workers are reluctant to use multi-purpose harnesses due to their added weight. In the past, this has led to stricter regulations as well as fall-related injuries and death. 

With the increased demand for high-quality equipment, manufacturers are now producing harnesses with metal alloys, synthetic fibers, and other lightweight materials. This is revolutionary in that it provides the same strength while significantly reducing the weight of the equipment. This leads to a higher level of safety on the jobsite and greater compliance with OSHA standards.

Related: The Importance of Harness Safety

Anchorage

Fall protection anchor points are yet another aspect of fall restraint systems that have been revolutionized by innovation in equipment design as a result of growth in the global fall protection market. First, a number of manufacturers are moving towards what are known as multi-functional systems. While vertical lifelines are typically restricted to a set anchor point, lanyards move with the worker on vertical applications. Manufacturers are now looking into their usage for flat surfaces, low angles, and steep angles. 

In the same way, manufacturers have begun producing leading-edge self retracting lifelines, specifically engineered and tested to keep the body oriented while the worker moves in an arc  around a central anchor point. These can be used in a variety of environments; however, they have been proven especially beneficial when the self-retracting lifeline is attached to a horizontal lifeline at the peak of a roof as it reduces swing fall potential. 

If you would like to discuss your fall restraint systems, please contact us at (866) 303-5868, or submit our contact request form.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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 lawyer from Alabama will discuss best practices for roofing contractors in the severe weather season.

Related: Extreme Weather and Roofing

Preventative Maintenance

If you wish to ensure that you are following best business practices, including demonstrating a positive track record with clients, then you must stress the importance of preventative maintenance prior to the severe weather season. This way, the client can enjoy the true service life of their residential or commercial roof and you can enjoy the benefits of positive client testimonials in the future. You can achieve this in two steps: 

  1. Provide a thorough inspection of the roof with a written statement of findings and photo survey of the roof conditions for future reference. 
  2. Based on those findings, develop a plan for any necessary repairs, replacement, or other maintenance needs. This can include, among other things, minor leaks, blocked drainage areas, and deteriorated caulking.

Post-Weather Maintenance

What comes after the incident of severe weather is equally as important as the steps you take beforehand because even what looks like minor damage can lead to major financial and legal repercussions. The quicker your team’s response time is for inspections and repair, the better. Evaluation of the roof should include the following:

  • Check for cracked, curled, or missing shingles
  • Assess the condition of valleys, outer edges, or angles where the roof meets the walls
  • Check shingles and gutters to determine if the shingles are shedding their granules
  • Inspect the attic, ceiling, or walls for signs of water damage, such as stains or peeling paint
  • Ensure the roof deck is not sagging due to decking or rafters becoming crooked 

If a full repair is not possible, then temporary repairs should be arranged, such as covering holes in the roof or walls with plastic sheeting or bracing weak areas of the roof. This will help to minimize any damage to the interior of the home and save money. Although these repairs should be conducted efficiently, it is essential to ensure your workers are not forfeiting safety for productivity. Continue to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards regarding personal protection equipment and documentation. 

For more information on how you can prepare your business for the severe weather season, contact us a roofing lawyer from Alabama today. 

If you would like to speak with an experienced roofing attorney in Alabama, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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 you are interested in obtaining a roofing contract or have any questions, please contact us today. 

Related: 5 Reasons Contractors Need to Have Their Blue Roof Contracts Ready Today

Where Do Blue Roof Contracts Originate?

Blue roof contracts originate from the priority mission managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) known as Operation Blue Roof. The purpose of Operation Blue Roof is to provide homeowners in disaster areas with temporary coverings for their damaged roofs until arrangements for permanent repairs can be made. It protects the property and allows residents to remain in their homes, thus reducing temporary housing costs.

Operation Blue Roof applies to primary residences or permanently occupied rental properties with standard shingled roofs and less than 50 percent structural damage. If eligible, the homeowner must legally agree to a Right of Entry (ROE) that allows Corps workers to access damage on the property and contracted crews to work on the roof. A fiber-reinforced, plastic sheeting is then installed using strips of wood that are secured to the roof via screws or nails to prevent water or debris from entering the home. 

Related: Contract Review in the Wake of a Hurricane

What Are Blue Roof Contracts?

Blue roof contracts are a type of roofing contract designed to allow contractors to acquire any necessary supplies and equipment necessary to make temporary roof repairs, particularly installation of the blue, plastic sheeting, in support of emergency response operations. These contracts are typically procured in an effort to allow contractors to get to work as soon as possible. 

The goal is to get as many homes protected as possible in the shortest amount of time. The blue plastic is designed to last up to thirty days so that homeowners are afforded the time to make arrangements for permanent roof repairs. This is valuable for situations like natural disasters when homeowners are presently unable to arrange permanent roof repairs. 

Why Are Blue Roof Contracts Important for Contractors?

Blue roof contracts are important for contractors to acquire because they can help homeowners in need while growing your business at the same time. Making sure you have blue roof contracts set up ahead of time ensures you will have an edge over local competitors who rush to obtain blue roof contracts following a disaster. Particularly in time-sensitive situations, such as disaster relief efforts, it is of the utmost importance to have existing blue roof contracts in place. For more information on obtaining a roofing contract or roofing insurance, contact us today. 

If you would like to discuss roofing insurance, please contact us at (866) 303-5868, or submit our contact request form.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

Many roofing contractors choose to grow their roofing business by repairing roof damage, such as missing or cracked shingles and minor leaks, on residential properties. While cost-effective, these types of repairs require workers to operate on existing roofs that already show signs of structural deterioration. That’s why it’s important to evaluate the hazards you may be facing when working on roof repairs and know the measures to take in order to reduce the risk for falls. 

In this brief article, a roofing attorney from Illinois covers the methods provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Fact Sheet on reducing the risk for falls during residential roof repair. 

Related: Growing Your Business with Minor Roof Repairs 

Install or Locate Existing Anchors

One of the most important steps in reducing the risk of a fatal fall is installing or locating existing anchors on the roof to tie off the lifeline for a fall arrest system. Most existing residential roofs will not have permanent anchors available, but if anchors are available, it is crucial to ensure that they are inspected by a qualified person to determine if they are solid, well-fixed into the frame beneath, and able to support the weight of a fallen worker. Existing anchors can be located by inspecting the last row of shingles or the ridge cap from the ground level. 

If the roof does not have any existing anchors, workers should install new anchors by fixing them to the rafter structure or truss, as the sheafing is not capable of providing adequate support. With either new or existing anchors, it is of the utmost importance to make sure that the anchor meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1926.502. Any anchor used for the attachment of personal fall arrest equipment must be capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds per attached worker. 

Related: All About Anchor Points

Take Caution at the Roof’s Edge

If the damaged section is along the edge of the roof, there are multiple options for workers to reduce their risk of fatal falls. First, if possible, the worker may reach the area of deteriorated roof from an aerial lift or scaffold. Different types of lifts, including scissor and aerial, are available for different types of roofs and the tasks involved in the repair. Each provides a stable, elevated platform from which the worker can safely perform the repair. 

If lifts are not available or appropriate for the job, external scaffolds can also provide suitable protection for workers during roof repair. Pumpjack scaffolds, in particular, offer a secure platform for the worker that can be raised or lowered depending on the task performed. Guardrails installed along the open side of the scaffolds provide additional fall protection for the worker. Scaffolds also function well when working farther up on the roof, as the top rail can be extended above the surface of the roof. 

If you would like to speak with an experienced roofing attorney in Illinois, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

With the COVID-19 outbreak, every construction business across the country should be preparing for economic challenges ahead. Now more than ever before, businesses must consider ways to improve their processes and make smart business decisions. One issue that will make or break businesses is how they manage the bid process and evaluate which projects to take on and which to reject. 

Businesses that put forth aggressively low bids or accept any and every job they can will find that this approach ends up depleting their cash flow and setting back their business. Whether it’s a booming economy or uncertain times, every project needs an accurate estimate to ensure that profitable work is being performed that can increase cash flow and help contractors build up a backlog of projects. This success begins in the pre-estimating process.

In this brief article, a Charlotte bid protest lawyer will provide a few pointers into the pre-estimating process for all your projects. For assistance with the bid process or contract negotiation services, consult the construction attorneys at Cotney Construction Law.  

Related: Advice for Successfully Bidding on Projects

Understanding the Scope of Work

As John Kenney, Chief Operating Officer of Cotney Construction Law, said in his recent article Review and Validate Your Estimating Process, “The estimating process begins with a comprehensive understanding of your project’s scope of work.” Contractors must be able to visualize the project needs well before they break ground. In order to excel at estimating, it takes a great deal of knowledge, industry insight, and experience in the field. 

Along with these attributes, companies need to have a reliable process in place. This begins in the pre-estimating process with a firm understanding of the project specifications and an assessment of the project site. 

Reviewing the Project Specifications

To successfully bid on any project, you and your estimating team must first thoroughly review the project specifications. Along with the general project parameters, contractors need to focus on any supplemental and special conditions featured in the plan. In some cases, these conditions can feature items that are not part of the construction process but will impact the total estimate. 

Related: Common Steps in the Public Bidding Process

Performing Jobsite Evaluation

Although all bids begin with reviewing the project specifications, it’s never a bad idea to visit the project site if you can. This way, you can address any areas of concern that were difficult to envision on paper. A few things to consider during this visit is site access points, equipment and material staging areas, and existing site conditions. A site visit is a great time to capture some photos of the property, take measurements, and collect samples.

Although performing the above two tasks are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to providing an accurate estimate on projects, it’s a great launching point to establishing a successful process. For assistance with accurate project estimating and experienced bid process representation, consult the construction attorneys at Cotney Construction Law.  

If you would like to speak with a Charlotte bid protest attorney, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

A recent survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America reveals a startling picture of a construction industry impaired by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “Owners are not only halting many current construction projects but are canceling a growing number of projects that have not yet started,” said AGC’s chief economist Ken Simonson. Unfortunately, the financial troubles that are caused by project shutdowns can only trickle down from owners to contractors to subcontractors and material providers. 

In this brief article, a Charlotte construction lien attorney with our law office discusses what you can do to retrieve owed payment on a project hindered by the spread of COVID-19. Although the spread of COVID-19 is unprecedented, payment disputes are anything but uncommon in the construction industry. 

Review Your Contract

Your first step is to review your construction contract. If an owner is refusing to pay you it is likely that they either don’t have the funds or don’t think they’re responsible for paying due to delays caused by COVID-19. Although contracts generally protect contractors from unforeseen circumstances like COVID-19, “no damages for delay” clauses and similar provisions could leave contractors on the hook for additional costs. We recommend consulting one of our attorneys to determine if an owner is responsible for paying you during these uncertain times. 

Related: The Key Contract Provisions Needed to Combat Coronavirus

Draft a Demand Letter

Once it’s been established that an owner or general contractor owes you for completed work or provided materials, your next step is to have your attorney draft a demand letter. A demand letter is often all that’s needed to emerge from a payment dispute. Once a party is presented with irrefutable evidence that they owe payment and that litigation is a real possibility, they generally back down. However, in the event that the party you’ve contracted with absolutely refuses to pay you, your next best option is to file a mechanic’s lien with the aid of a Charlotte mechanic’s lien attorney

Related: Lien Deadlines in North Carolina

File a Mechanic’s Lien 

A mechanic’s lien is the perfect tool for retrieving owed payment, especially as owners across the industry face bankruptcy. Even if an owner declares bankruptcy, a mechanic’s lien can still ensure that you receive what you’re owed because a mechanic’s lien attaches to the property, not the owner. Essentially, the property can’t be sold until the lien is removed. As is the case with every state, North Carolina has its own set of mechanic’s lien laws that must be adhered to. We recommend consulting a Charlotte mechanic’s lien attorney with our law firm to ensure your lien is filed in a timely and proper manner. 

At Cotney Construction Law, we found that contract review, demand letter drafting, and mechanic’s lien filing were among our most sought after services. It made perfect sense to offer these services for a low monthly fee. For access to unlimited contract review, unlimited demand letters, and unlimited lien claims, look into our affordable, monthly subscription plans. 

If you would like to speak with a Charlotte construction lien attorney, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

Oregon, like every other state, has its own set of licensing rules. These rules are designed to ensure that business owners and homeowners are hiring reliable contractors that carry insurance and a surety bond. Without these items, owners are often left without recourse when something goes wrong with a project. For this reason, Oregon has established strict penalties for contractors who violate its licensing rules, and the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) is more than willing to dish out these penalties. 

Below, a Portland license defense attorney with Cotney Construction Law discusses why contractors should be licensed and obtain legal representation if the legitimacy of their license is ever in question. If you’ve been accused of contracting without a license, consult an attorney with our law office today. 

You Will Be Caught If You’re Contracting Without a License 

As you can see from their news postings, the CCB regularly conducts sweeps in search of license violations. A recent sweep of Portland revealed numerous contractor violations, including 15 instances of contractors working without a license. “By law, nearly everyone who builds a home or alters a structure must be licensed by the Construction Contractors Board.” 

Related: What Out-Of-State Contractors Need to Know About Working in Oregon

Of course, the CCB doesn’t have to actively sweep project sites for unlicensed contractors. It’s incredibly easy for owners to verify a license or report an unlicensed contractor through the CCB website. All told, if you make improvements to real property, you need a license, and if you are contracting without one, you will be caught. 

The Penalties for Contracting Without a License 

In the state of Oregon, contracting without a license can result in a $1,000 penalty per offense, and that’s only if no previous violations are found. The penalty increases to $5,000 per offense if an owner has also filed a complaint for damages. (Consult a Portland construction dispute attorney if you are also involved in a dispute with an owner). Even advertising to do work without a license can result in a severe penalty. No matter how you look at it, it’s simply not worth it to contract without a license in Oregon. 

Related: How to File a Mechanic’s Liens in Oregon

Contact Our Law Office for License Defense 

At Cotney Construction Law, our team of attorneys is adept at representing contractors in license defense cases, including those that involve damages reported by owners. In many cases, penalties can be reduced once a contractor becomes licensed. In others, our attorneys fight aggressively on behalf of contractors to ensure that they receive the best possible outcome. If you’ve been accused of contracting without a license in the state of Oregon, consult a Portland license defense attorney from Cotney Construction Law. 

If you would like to speak with a Portland construction dispute attorney, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.