The construction industry has one of the highest rates of accidents and injuries in the UK and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 are in place to ensure that that health and safety is planned, managed and monitored prior to works starting and throughout the construction phase.
But who is actually responsible for health and safety on a construction site?
The Principal Contractor is the person or organisation who is carrying out the majority of the work on a construction site and is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of workers and members of the public whilst construction is taking place.
They are responsible for ensuring that relevant documentation is produced detailing how they will manage health and safety on site, ensuring workers are inducted onto the site and reviewing processes and procedures throughout the construction, amongst other things!
Contractors have a responsibility to assess the processes and procedures that they are responsible for and work with the Principal Contractor to ensure that they are being carried out in the safest possible way whilst working alongside other contractors that may be on site.
Workers also have a responsibility to take steps to ensure not only their own health and safety but that of others around them. They should follow all site rules and any procedures laid down at induction and report any concerns they have on health and safety to the Principal Contractor.
So ultimately everyone has a responsibility for health and safety on a construction site and it is important that everyone works together to ensure that accidents and incidents do not occur.
Here at Hewitt&Carr Services we can help to guide you through the CDM Regulations and provide you with the relevant and timely information.
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