19 January 2017
Two of our committee members, Phil and James, stepped in, with only four hours notice, to present Sam Duxbury's slides on: The management of subcontractors. Fortunately, they both have a wealth of experience in this field.
Topics discussed included: why contactors need managing, selection of competent contractors, documentation required, exchange of information, equipment requirements, monitoring and review.
Sam's presentation started by considering why contractors needed to be managed followed by a brief overview of relevant health and safety legislation and the consequences of failing to have a robust system for the management of contractors. The presentation included examples of poor contractor management as well as practical ways of ensuring that contractors and subcontractors have reliable health and safety systems in place.
Phil and James used Sam's presentation to stimulate a worthwhile interactive discussion about the responsibilities of the client and contractors and the need for good communication between the two throughout the project especially during planning stages. They also emphasised the importance of making time for a final review in order to assess whether or not changes needed to be made to their contractors management system.