By John Schmitt & Kirsten Shepard, CIC, CISR Elite
If you’re not properly documenting your subcontractors training, it can create safety issues on the job site. Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your business.
Written agreement with the subcontractors you hire.
When writing an agreement with hired subcontractors, identify all parties in the agreement, and describe the scope of work the subcontractor will undertake. To protect yourself and the owner of the project you should have effective hold harmless, indemnification, and a defense. You should have detailed insurance requirements written out to meet the indemnification and defense requirements. Include a safety statement to establish the subcontractor is responsible for job site safety. All parties must sign and date the agreement prior to the start of work.
Documentation of safety at the job site.
Require the subcontractor to have a formal, well documented safety program for their employees. Your job site superintendent documenting safety issues in their daily log, such as:
Monitoring subcontractor’s operations.
Stop them when you see unsafe operations and document it.
Advise the subcontractor to correct violations before proceeding and document it.
You should also document any on-site training provided by the subcontractor, your company or any outside organization.
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