When you are choosing to hire a fencing contractor for your residential or commercial property, there are several types of certifications you will want to ensure they have. From insurance to appropriate WSIB coverage, in order to protect yourself (as the property owner) your chosen professionals should have the right documentation. Below are just a few reasons as to why sufficient WSIB coverage is essential.
Protecting the Homeowner
Accidents are completely unpredictable and they can happen at the drop of the hat, regardless of how trained and careful your fencing contractors are. In the event of an accident or other emergency, the workers will need to rely on their WSIB coverage to pay for medical bills and any pain and suffering incurred on the job. If they do not have the right coverage, you and your homeowner’s insurance policy will be responsible for paying for the damages. Since the workers will be on your property without coverage, you are essentially liable for their safety. Make sure to hire a contractor with valid WSIB coverage, so you’re protected in the unfortunate event of an accident.
Hiring the Professionals
When you want to get a job done, it’s imperative that it’s done right the first time around. Fence contracting is a relatively unregulated industry and is filled with people who don’t have a sufficient amount of expertise and training. By taking the time to make sure that you’re hiring fencing contractors with WSIB coverage, you can rest assured that you’re working with a team of professionals. If a company takes the time to consider their safety and the safety of the homeowner, they will generally have a higher quality of work than those who don’t. If you speak with a fence contractor and they can’t or won’t show you valid WSIB certification – run!
Updated WSIB Coverage
Not only is important that you take the time to make sure the contractors have coverage, but also ensure that it’s updated. When they arrive at your property for a consultation, ask to see their WSIB certification to ensure that it has been recently acquired or updated. It is far too often that contractors are injured on the job and the homeowner is left responsible for the damages because of insufficient coverage.
In the event that they do not have WSIB coverage or it’s expired, it is then time to walk away and find another company that you can rely on and trust. You don’t want to take chances when it comes to protecting yourself and your family, especially when injuries can be severe while working on fencing.
At Fence One, we are committed to doing things the right way. That’s why we carry WSIB certification, we are fully insured, and safety is our top priority. Contact us to learn more or to schedule a free on-site quotation.