Every contractor involved in a construction project has duties under CDM.

A contractor may be an individual, a sole trader, a self-employed worker or a business. 

Anyone who carries out, manages or controls construction work in connection with a business or anyone who directly engages construction workers or manages construction work, is a contractor.

This includes companies that use their own workforce to do construction work on their own premises.

They must:

  • Engage competent people to do work (subcontractors, workers). They must have the appropriate skills, knowledge, training and experience to do the work.
  • Make clients aware of their duties.
  • If they are working for a domestic client, some of their duties transfer to other duty holders.
  • Co-operate with other duty holders

Where they are the only contractor, they must:

  • Prepare a construction phase plan.
  • Co-ordinate health and safety to ensure that work is carried out without risk to health.
  • Provide suitable welfare facilities throughout the construction phase.
  • Secure the site.  Take steps to prevent unauthorised access.
  • Provide a site induction.

Information should be provided for inclusion in the health and safety file if it is needed to ensure the health and safety of anyone carrying out any future construction, demolition, use, cleaning or maintenance work on the building or structure.

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