Why hiring a licensed contractor will protect your home and business

Work done without a licence or permit can lead to six times as many safety hazards, according to the BC Safety Authority

  • Jun. 20, 2016 1:00 p.m.

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No one starts their day assuming they will end up hurt. Yet too often, proper safety requirements are overlooked or shortcuts are taken that put people at risk.

Data from BC Safety Authority shows that unlicensed and unpermitted work is proven to lead to more and higher safety hazards – up to six times more.

In addition to issuing permits, licences, and certificates, BCSA works to reduce safety risks through assessment, outreach, and research. They educate, guide, and warn. If it’s ignored, they enforce.

That’s fair warning for anyone operating outside the safety system by performing unlicensed or unpermitted work. BCSA can issue warning notices, issue compliance orders, monetary penalties or discipline orders. In the case of a discipline order, a contractor licence or individual Certificate of Qualification could be either suspended or revoked.

Hiring a licensed contractor to perform electrical and gas renovations and checking to ensure that they have obtained the required permits is the best way to protect your family and your home. Safety is serious business and you can’t put a price on peace of mind.

For more information visit www.safetyauthority.ca/enforcement

BCSA is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. From propane tank permits to electrical equipment, and ski lifts to railroads, BCSA’s number one priority is safety – be it enforcing proper measures or sharing information.

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