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Alex Hamer
Written by Alex Hamer

Contractor Duties

What are the Duties and Responsibilities of a general Contractor?

General Duties

  • A Contractor MUST have the Skills, Knowledge and Training & Experience (SKATE) to take on the role
  • If the Contractor appoints any other Designers or Contractors – Make sure they have the necessary SKATE
  • Co-operate with everyone involved in the project and make sure everyone under their control co-operates with each other
  • Report any Health & Safety issues that they become aware of to whom they are working for
  • When providing information or instruction – make sure it is comprehensible and provided in good time


Specific Duties


The Contractor must

  • Ensure that the Client is aware of their duties – if not they must not start
  • Plan, manage and monitor construction work including that of others under their control
  • Comply with the direction of the Principal Contractor and/or Principal Designer when applicable
  • Comply with the Construction Phase Plan
  • If they are the only contractor they must take account of the General Principles of Prevention when
  • Deciding design, technical and organisational aspects of the work
  • Estimating the time required for the work
  • Prepare a Construction Phase Plan BEFORE work starts on-site (when they are the only contractor on a project)
  • Provide each worker with supervision, instruction and information including a site induction (if there is no principal contractor induction)
  • Prevent unauthorised access to the site
  • Provide (where not provided by a Principal Contractor) welfare facilities to comply with Schedule 2.

Note - This page is for guidance only. Application on a project must comply with the official HSE issue of the Regulations