Cayman contractors clear air

Since Hurricane Ivan, the Cayman Contractors Association has been quite prominent in the public eye.

In addition to residents turning to CCA member-contractors to assist in the rebuilding of their homes and businesses, the CCA has been repeatedly called upon to help in the effort to assure that non-CCA member-contractors operated at a standard that was desired by their clients.

During this time it has become clear to all concerned, especially Government, that a more formal assurance that all contractors were operating properly was desperately needed. Government wisely responded by seeking to pass a Builder’s Bill, a step that has been recommended by the CCA for many years.

Nearly all residents have been relieved to know that a Builders Bill was imminent and that they would, in the future, have the protection that the Bill would provide them from incompetent and/or unscrupulous contractors.

However, there have been those who have treated the incoming Bill with fear and suspicion, notably those contractors whose practices would soon fall under the scrutiny of the Builders Board. Several misconceptions have been voiced as a result and the CCA will seek to clarify misconceptions.

Is the CCA a closed shop or old boys’ organization?

No. The CCA is a vital, growing organization that strongly encourages new members. All those contractors who demonstrate that they are both capable and reputable are eagerly accepted as new members.

Will the Builders Bill force contractors to join the CCA?

No. The Builders Board will be an entirely separate entity from the CCA. Grading of contractors by the Board will in no way require that a contractor be a CCA member.

Will the CCA control the Builders Board?

No. The drafters of the Bill went to great lengths when drafting the bill to assure that no one company, group of companies or association could dominate the Board.

Will CCA membership have any effect upon grading of contractors?

Membership in the CCA requires that the contractor in question demonstrate that he is a capable contractor and, in addition, be honourable and responsible in his dealings with clients, architects, bankers, suppliers and contractors.

If he is not, he can be reprimanded or even removed from the CCA, which has happened on occasion.

CCA membership will, therefore be an indicator to the Builders Board that the builder in question is reputable; however, he will still need to fully satisfy the Board on all these points.

A mere endorsement by the CCA will not be sufficient to qualify a builder in the Board’s eyes.

We hope that the above clarifies the relationship of the Builders Board to the CCA.

The CCA encourages questions, comments and information from builders and the general public on understanding the Builders Law, the Builders Board and the CCA, by calling 945-8001 or emailing [email protected].

Cayman Contractors Association

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