Crest Roofing & Co, a professional roofing company in Edmonton, Alberta is definitely covered by the Workers Compensation Board (WCB).
It is unlawful in the province of Alberta to do contract roofing work without a WCB account. WCB actually protects the home owner or building owner so in case of an accidental injury as a result of your roof work, the injured roofing worker cannot hold the home owner accountable.
The information below is as provided by WCB Alberta is listed here for your convenience for when we show you how to roof; you can also find it on their website.
You can request clearances or monitor a roofing subcontractor; you have two options:
- Sign up for my WCB
- Request a clearance without signing in
Your responsibility for contractors is as follows:
If you hire companies (for example to put on a new roof) you are responsible for their workers’ compensation insurance unless they:
- have their own valid WCB account,
- are operating as a limited or incorporated company, or
- are performing the work as:
- an employer in that industry,
What is a clearance?
A clearance is a letter from WCB that states that a roof contractor’s account is in good standing, clearing you of liability should the contractor default on premiums. A clearance letter also authorizes you to release final payment on a specified contract.
Who needs a clearance?
If the companies you hire for the roof have their own WCB accounts it is your responsibility to ensure that the accounts are in good standing. A clearance fulfills this responsibility, relieving you of liability for your contractor’s premiums.
When is a clearance required?
A clearance is required when a company you hire for the roof has a WCB account. You should obtain a clearance prior to releasing any payments to the companies you hire.
Why am I responsible for my contractor’s unpaid premiums?
Holding you responsible for unpaid premiums ensures WCB’s insurance fund is maintained at a sufficient level to pay worker benefits. Using clearances ensures that each employer contributes their fair share.