Ensure your contractor follows these two steps when a worker shows up drunk on your construction site
Contractors on your construction site have several key responsibilities, like:
· Your employees are issued with the correct PPE and wear it; and
· Every worker and piece of equipment is insured;
But of all his responsibilities, arguably the most important one has to be about preventing any workers, who is under the influence of alcohol, from entering the premises. And with the new Construction Regulations of 2014, you need to ensure that the contractor is carrying out that responsibility, because failing to do this could make you liable!
So don't take any chances! Ensure your contractor follows these two steps...
Keep reading to see what they are...
Do you have contractors working at your offices? – Do you know what your health and safety obligations are?
If you have contractors working on your premises, you're liable for their health and safety.
What if the contractors injure one of your employees? Or one of the contractors employees falls off a ladder and has to be taken to hospital?
Do you know how to make sure you're not liable?
Ensure your contractor follows these two steps when it comes to alcohol abuse on your construction site…
STEP#1: Know the legal obligations regarding drunk workers
Your contractor must be aware he is responsible for overseeing his employees in the workplace, and if one of his workers is under the influence, he mustn't, by law, allow him or her to work. Note that this includes if the contractor's even suspicious of a worker being drunk.
All this is according to the Intoxication section
of the General Safety Regulations 2A.
So if a worker is drunk before work, you should not allow him onto the construction site, as he be a hazard to other workers.
STEP#2: Use an effective system to monitor alcohol use among workers on the construction site
Alcohol impedes a person's ability to work safely, and so if a worker is drunk on your construction site, a serious accident can happen, leaving you liable because your contractor didn't take necessary measures to prevent workers from abusing alcohol before entering the construction site, and possibly even during working hours. So make Your contractor uses a breathalyser to test employees before and after work to ensure that none of them are abusing alcohol.
*To learn more on contractors' duties in your workplace, page over to Chapter C 01I in your Health and Safety Advisor
handbook, or click here
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