I am a remodeling contractor in Seattle and took the time to get certified for the EPA’s lead removal. I don’t like it, but I try hard to follow the prescribed procedures, and my crew follows my example. I also require all my crew to wear safety gear and am happy to supply it for them.

I was surprised by the article “New Joists for an Old Floor.” Emanuel Silva was working without dust protection to separate the living space from the kitchen remodel, had no ear protection, no respirator, no knee pads, and a pathetic pair of loafers to go with his shorts.

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