We had 150 people attend our latest LinkSafe Professional Development series webinar looking the impact of industrial manslaughter and reckless endangerment legislation on contractor safety management.
So, our first impulse may be to get MORE involved with our contractors and MORE closely direct and supervise their work, when in fact we need to make sure we clearly hold them to account for managing their own risks and confirm that we rely on them to do so.
Where the risk lies to those who engage contractors is not failing to direct them in their work to ensure it is safe but failing to ensure we do not expose contractors to risk of death or severe injury through our instructions or operations. For example, directing a contractor to use unsafe equipment, directing a contractor to undertake work that is obviously unsafe.
The solution: ensure you establish the right relationship with your contractors through well drafted a prequalification that separates and allocates duties for management of safety between you and your contractors and make sure your onboarding processes provide information to protect contractors from your operations e.g., site traffic management, identifying exclusion areas and toxic environments.
Get in touch with us to make sure your online contractor management system does just that.
Our next session will focus on understanding critical concepts and terms under the Heavy Vehicle National Law with Denise Zumpe of COR Comply.