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    Re: Express your opinion on Mold regulation PHARES

    Posted by May on 2/16/04


    I am wondering about something attributed to you in this
    article. What do you know about liability insurance for this
    type of contractor? GL for most contractors would probably
    exclude mold related coverage these days. I suppose a 'mold
    remediation' contractor, or any contractor could purchase
    specific mold coverage, but I gotta believe you would want to
    look at the fine print. You know anything about this?

    In any event, I think contractor experience, as revealed by
    the old fashioned reference check, would be more important
    than insurance or even special licensing. After all, a
    nightmare job is still a problem. The litigation associated
    with a claim would take forever. State criteria for licensing
    mold contractors would almost certainly look like the asbestos
    contractor experience. The upshot is, probably any idiot could
    satisfy the requirement.

    While I certainly agree that there are some/many bad
    contractors/consultants out there, I don't think regulation or
    insurance improves their skill set.

    I think 'those darn trolling plaintiff guys' are at least as
    much to blame for the current problem. Good contractors are
    scared to death and become very (overly) conservative, driving
    up costs for owners. Likewise with many consultants. This is
    one reason why some have been known to recommend evacuation of
    buildings and disposal of contents. The other reason I suppose
    is that they may be idiots. For sure there is a time for that,
    but it has got to be pretty rare.

    Best Regards,


    On 2/15/04, Phares Heindl wrote:
    > On 2/13/04, Phares Heindl wrote:
    >> ASTOR, Fla. -- A Central Florida woman is blaming toxic
    >> mold for stealing her health.
    >> To add to her woes, when a mold removal specialist showed
    >> up, the condition went from bad to worse, WESH NewsChannel
    >> 2 reported.
    >> Deborah Calloway, 43, lost part of her lung last year. Her
    >> doctors blame toxic mold.
    >> "[There was] never nothing wrong with me; perfect health. I
    >> was on the go 24-7," Calloway said.
    >> Contractor Micah Bass is working on Calloway's home to get
    >> rid of the mold. Another contractor botched the job, and
    >> that's the problem. Many people decide they know how to get
    >> rid of toxic mold, but Florida doesn't regulate the
    >> industry. Anyone can hang out a shingle and try to get a
    >> mold removal job. The risks are mounting.
    >> Altamonte Springs attorney Phares Heindl represents mold-
    >> affected clients. Because of a lack of state regulation,
    >> here's one safeguard to take.
    >> "One of the things you should look for if you're going to
    >> hire a mold remediatior. Do they have liability insurance?
    >> Because if they don't remediate the home right, someone's
    >> going to have to be held responsible for that," Heindl said.
    >> Those seeking mold removal can also protect themselves by
    >> calling the Better Business Bureau. When a company is
    >> located, references can be checked with past customers. The
    >> same company shouldn't be hired to inspect and remove mold.
    >> By keeping the inspector and removal specialist separate,
    >> experts said customers are more likely to get honest work.
    >> Alan and Deborah Calloway learned the hard way the price of
    >> an industry unregulated.
    >> To comment on this story, send an e-mail to Kathy Marsh.
    > So far 89&37; favor regulation.

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