At Informa Exhibitions’ recent invitation-only Installation Summit, which was sponsored by Floor Covering Installer, industry professionals served as panelists to discuss and tackle the ongoing installation crisis and find solutions to fix the problem. At this time, what issue do you think is plaguing the installation industry most?
Over time, years of heavy lifting, running from one job site to another and exposure to chemicals can take a toll on installers’ bodies and health. In addition to making sure installers aren’t working without the proper personal protective equipment, what else can be done to ensure the physical wellbeing of installers?
In our latest issue, Jeff King, legal counsel for the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), discusses the Labor Department’s recent reinterpretation of who exactly qualifies as an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Do you think installers fall in this category, or should they be employees?
To help ensure a proper installation of flooring materials, manufacturers typically provide detailed step-by-step instructions for installers and contractors. How often do you consult the directions before starting an install?