A contractor is an organisation or individual who directly employs or engages construction workers or as part of their business carries out, manages or controls construction work (e.g. building, altering, maintaining or demolishing). Contractors include sub-contractors, any individual, sole trader or self-employed worker
The Duties of a Contractor on all projects include:
Make sure the client is aware of the client duties under CDM 2015 before any work starts
Plan, manage and monitor all work carried out by themselves and their workers, taking into account the risks to anyone who might be affected by it (including members of the public) and the measures needed to protect them
Check that all workers they employ or appoint have the skills, knowledge, training, and experience to carry out the work, or are in the process of obtaining them
Make sure that all workers under their control have a suitable, site-specific induction, unless this has already been provided by the principal contractor
Provide appropriate supervision, information, and instructions to workers under their control
Ensure they do not start work on site unless reasonable steps have been taken to prevent unauthorised access
Ensure suitable welfare facilities are provided from the start for workers under their control, and maintain them throughout the work
In addition to the above responsibilities, contractors working on projects involving more than one contractor must:
Coordinate their work with the work of others in the project team
Comply with directions given by the principal designer or principal contractor
Comply with parts of the construction phase plan relevant to their work
Where a contractor is the only contractor working on a project, they must ensure a construction phase plan is drawn up before setting up the site.
When working as the only contractor for a domestic client, the contractor takes on the client duties, as well as their own as contractor. However, this should involve them doing no more than they will normally do to comply with health and safety law.
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A Construction Phase Plan is a key document that defines the health and risks which are relevant to the construction phase of a project and the arrangements or control measures that will be put in place to eliminate, mitigate and control those risks.
Audits & Inspections
Minimise significant delays to the construction program. A site audit can also provide an opportunity for Clients to praise workers onsite and as a by-product improve moral onsite. From a legal perspective, regular audits and inspections show that as the Client you have in place suitable arrangements for managing and monitoring the project.