When an Employee Claims Toxic Mold in Your Building
September 8, 2019 Comments Off on When an Employee Claims Toxic Mold in Your Building Commercial, Indoor Air Quality Ben Fetzer

            Periodically in the news, you will find stories of very large lawsuits granted to claimants who have suffered from mold toxicity in a commercial building due to employee claims. This is one harmful consequence of mold growth for commercial building owners, but there are other consequences if the building owner is also the business owner.

            One employee may claim that he or she suffered illness caused by mold in your building, but this can stir panic among other employees. It may even make them feel sick believing there is mold present. This is why it is important to handle mold situations with care, so a mild mold problem doesn’t interrupt business flow or result in costly lawsuits.

What to do if You Suspect Mold in Your Commercial Building:

1. Get Tested:

If you cannot visibly see mold, but you have a concerning complaint from an employee, make sure you get your building tested right away. All buildings have a little mold because spores can travel inside on the clothing and feet of everyone who enters. However, your building could, unbeknownst to you, provide the right environment for that mold to grow. Take your employee’s complaint seriously enough to get the building tested. Not only does this appease the employee, but it shows all of your employees that you value them and care about their safety. It will calm the fears that can snowball if you don’t handle it immediately.

2. Contact Your Insurance:

Call your insurance company and let them know what you are doing. They may or may not cover mold hazards, and you must figure out what resources you have to take care of any mold problems. If they do cover mold, then you will be able to start a claim.

3. Communicate:

Let your employees know the steps you are taking to remove any mold present in the building, or let them know that you have had the building tested. If mold removal will be taking place, make sure your employees are removed from the area until the mold is successfully removed. Again, it’s all about showing your employees that you care about their health. Don’t hide from your mold. Instead, tackle it, and let you employees know that you are tackling it.

4. Consult with a Lawyer:

Mold is a difficult subject to tackle legally because there is little scientific proof that it causes illness, but it is generally accepted that it is responsible for several health conditions. This is why lawsuits have been successful. Touch bases with your attorney, and find out if you need to protect yourself through any further actions. Each state will have different laws that come into play.

About The Author
Ben Fetzer Ben Fetzer, is the founder and owner of Fresh Start Restoration of Kansas City. He is passionate about informing and educating you the customer. By providing you with insider industry information, he empowers you with knowledge and tools to properly compare companies and spot unethical sales practices. Which unfortunately is far too common in the mold remediation industry. By sharing stories and providing professional tips he gives you the ability to make the right decision for your mold problem! Ben is an experienced mold expert with over 15 years in the cleaning & restoration industry! He has received official training and certifications from the IICRC, ICRA, and NORMI. His history of high integrity and superior quality has made him a leader in the remediation industry. Thereby giving customers outstanding customer experience! Which has resulted in a long history of consistent 5-Star customer ratings since the company began in 2008!