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CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR LICENSING NEEDS MONITORING

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WHY DIDN'T I KNOW THAT CONTRACTOR WAS BAD NEWS?

  • Jul 9, 2009
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On May 2, 2009, Dallas Cowboy’s Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis broke his back and Rich Behm, a scouting assistant, was permanently paralyzed from the waist down after his spine was severed were among the 12 people whom were hospitalized after severe winds destroyed the practice facility during rookie minicamp practice. 
 
An Internet article on 24/7 by Danny Robbins noted that the builder of these tentlike structures has had 3 other incidents dating back to May 2002 where the buildings failed due to intense weather. 
 
It’s a challenging tragedy for the victims and their families and that's why I'm concerned about contractors who have a history of failed projects, faulty workmanship and/or unsafe decision making are able to continue business as usual in the construction industry.   
 
From my understanding, most states allow a construction company to disband its business entity for any reason including bankruptcy. Hence, if the business is not attached to the company owners’ personal assets the consumer and/or victim has no recuperation. But that isn’t all! The same owner(s) can reopen another company under a new flag and be back in the bidding circles once again.
 
I suggest we create a monitoring procedure parallel to the Medical Professions in which construction failures and accidents are recorded to the owner’s real name and that this registry be made available publicly nationwide.  In addition, successful projects should be listed to demonstrate their level expertise.
 
Therefore, similar to a doctor’s license being revoked a company owner’s names and/or it's principles names would raise flags and identified as unfit to hold a contractor’s license. This process is already working for doctor’s who hold are lives in their hands why can’t we do the same for those that control the structures that we live and work within which have a direct relationship to our quality of life.  
 
Bottomline, I wouldn’t have hired that contractor knowing his structures failed 3 times earlier.    

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 The Bureau of Labor Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Labor, compiles accident statistics for a wide variety of industries, including construction. The following statistics reflect construction workers in private industry for the calendar year 2003
One out of every 10 construction workers will suffer some form of injury this year.
  • In 2003 there were 155,420 construction related accidents, of which 152,260 were men and 3,150 were women.
  • Workers between the ages of 25 and 34 were the most likely to be injured
  • Most injury cases cause construction personnel to miss more than 31 days of work
  • Construction workers injure their trunks and backs more frequently than any other part of the body, followed by legs, arms combined injuries.
  • Construction parts and materials cause the most injuries involving outside sources (33,840), but falls (34,330) and contact with equipment (54,230) make up the other most common injuries.
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