Ebook: The Effective Management of Contractors On-Site

site work contractors

This eBook discusses the importance of deciding on the standards required for a new job on-site and planning a reliable risk assessment, as well as the evaluation of work performed by site work contractors.  

The 5 steps discussed in this eBook are:

  1. Contractor prequalification: Deciding on the necessary standards, prevents the risk of choosing site work contractors who are not qualified for the work involved. Some suggestions are mentioned on how to reliably select these standards.    
  2. Post-job Risk Assessment: Why and how the possibility, seriousness and prevention of accidents occurring should always be determined before work begins on-site.
  3. Orientation and Safety Training: It is critical for a suitable contractor orientation to include specific on-site safety training. General safety issues they should always be aware of before work begins are mentioned in this eBook, e.g. site layout and emergency exits.

The importance of relevant training for site work contractors can be recognized by a frightening example that occurred in 2014. An untrained construction worker in Oklahoma died, due to a lack of training to operate the skid-steer loader he was using. The bucket it held had not been properly attached and he was killed when it fell on his head.     

4. Performance Evaluation: Contractor, as well as owner performance, should be regularly evaluated on-site. Most importantly, studying site work contractors their compliance with safety regulations.

5. Contractor Post-Evaluation: Evaluating the impact of a site work contractors contractor who has just finished work on-site, is the last step listed. Performance evaluation can then be compared to the expected standards determined before the job was first listed.

It is often harder to provide effective contractor management in the construction industry, with different work required for specific sites and therefore common changes in the health and safety risks involved and critical contractor prequalification standards.  

Proper planning of the entire sequence of activities in advance and adequate and timely inter-linkages between different components of the project would go a long way in realizing the benefits of the project as Planned. 

These five steps go into more detail on successfully managing on-site contractors, making sure that they are qualified for the work involved with some shocking examples of accidents which have occurred when the standards required were not met.