Safety Duty holder Questions Answered – Contractors
What is the definition of Contractor?
A Contractor means any employer whose employees carry out construction work and includes both main contractor and sub-contractor. Contractor may also include a self-employed person where such a person supplies materials and labour or labour only. In addition, a body such as a local authority may also be a contractor, if the construction work is carried out directly by employees of that body.
What are the duties of Contractors?
The contractor has significant duties relating to a wide range of issues.
A contractor must:
- co-operate with the PSCS – provide a copy of your safety statement and relevant information to the PSCS
- promptly provide the PSCS with information required for the safety file
- comply with directions of the project supervisors
- report accidents to the Authority and to the PSCS where an employee cannot perform their normal work for more than 3 days
- comply with site rules and the safety and health plan and ensure that your employees comply
- identify hazards, eliminate the hazards or reduce risks during construction
- facilitate the site safety representative
- ensure that relevant workers have a safety awareness card and a construction skills card where required
- provide workers with site specific induction
- appoint a safety officer where there are more than 20 on site or 30 employed
- consult workers with site specific induction
- monitor compliance and take corrective action
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