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A renewed call for tightened construction regulations

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Construction Trades Council is renewing its call for tightened construction safety regulations, following the recent incident at the Electra building in Vancouver, and other accidents this year.

It’s calling on the provincial government to bring in a province-wide standard for the industry.

Wayne Peppard with the BC/Yukon Construction Trades Council says contractors only need a business licence and whatever municipal permits that are required.  “Contractors, if they’re not licenced, or if they’re not taking out permits, can operate freely until they are caught or an accident occurs.”

He says contractors should have to meet a certain standard before they can work and provincial regulations would make that happen.

Peppard adds it would help reduce fraud by making life hard for phony contractors who pray on elderly and vulnerable homeowners.