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You're liable for what your contractors do! So follow these four tips to help manage them on your construction site

by , 30 August 2016
You're liable for what your contractors do! So follow these four tips to help manage them on your construction siteContractors have various responsibilities on the construction site. These include:
· Providing workers with the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
· Not allowing anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs to step foot on the construction site; and
· Obeying all the road traffic rules when driving on your premises, including not driving recklessly on the construction site. But under the Construction Regulations of 2014, you need to ensure that your contractors is carrying out all these responsibilities, because failing to do this could make you liable if something goes wrong!

That's why you need to manage your contractors effectively, and with these four tips, I'll show you how to do just that...

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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?

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Use these four tips to effectively manage contractors on your construction site

 
TIP#1: Get contractors to be trained in accordance with your health and safety rules.

Information covered in the training can include:

·         Security;
·         Fire prevention;
·         Hygiene;
·         Confidentiality; and
·         Insurance.
 
TIP#2: Do health and safety audits every 30 days. The auditor must give a report of the audit to the principal contractor within seven days of the audit.

This can include an Overview of Unsatisfactory Findings Report that documents all deviations that were noted in the workplace during the audit, as well as all recommendations for improvement.
 
TIP#3: You, as the client, must carry out a risk assessment, after which the contractor must carry one out before initiating work. Also, ensure that your employees are well-informed of the risks on the site.

TIP#4: Make sure that the Workman's Compensation Commissioner gives a 'Certificate of Good Standing' in the same month that the contractor starts.

*With these four tips, you'll be able to effectively manage contractors on your construction to ensure that they're carrying out all their responsibilities.

To learn more on effectively dealing with contractors in the workplace, page over to Chapter C 01 in your Health and Safety Advisor handbook, or click here to order your copy today. 

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