Contractor safety management establishes a structured framework so that contractors comply with the safety standards used by the company. It is important that the managers of the contracting companies are involved from the start when projects are planned, tendered and contracted.
It is essential to develop an understanding of the outsourcing environment and the importance of establishing a positive culture at each phase of the contract in order toachieve safety excellence.
it is necessary to insist on the quality of the daily relationship between the principal and the subcontractor, and this at the different phases of the activity or the subcontracted project:
- Before future cooperation: when, for example, drafting the call for tenders and selecting the service provider;
- When preparing for the intervention: during the preliminary visit or the development of the prevention plan and schedules;
- During the intervention: by establishing a climate of trust to encourage information feedback, by having defined the responsibilities of each other and clarified who is arbitrating for what level of risk;
- And also afterwards: by evaluating the service as a whole, while giving the IE the means to really report on the difficulties encountered;
Principals and subcontractors: towards a shared safety culture
There are paths of progress to compensate for the negative effects of subcontracting on safety, such as the cooperation and sharing of safety management systems between the principal and the service provider:
- alignment of performance indicators,
- integration by the principal of the safety results of its service providers into its own results,
- sharing reporting tools,
- joint analysis of events, etc.
The aim is to develop a common safety culture between the principal and the subcontractor.
Case study: Did you know that the London 2012 Olympics site is the only one for which there are no fatal accidents?
A total of 46,000 workers worked to build the London Olympics, which required 62 million hours of work.
The London 2012 Olympics were the safest ever, with a reported TF of 0.17 per 100,000 man-hours, well below the UK construction industry average of 0.55 . The project lasted 4 years and, for the first time in Olympic history, it was completed without a fatal accident:
- 1996 – Barcelona Olympics: 1 death
- 2000 - JO de Sydney: 1 death
- 2004 – Athens Olympics: 14 deaths
- 2008 – Beijing Olympics in 2008: 10 deaths
- 2012 – London Olympics: 0 deaths
- 2016 – Rio Olympics: 11 deaths
- 2020 – Tokyo Olympics: 3 deaths*
Useful document: Download here the report drawn up by the Health & Safety Executive to study in greater depth the system put in place for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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