Factors to Consider in Choosing the Contractor

Factors to Consider in Choosing the Contractor

Factors To Considered In The Selection Process For Hiring The Roofing Contractor.

The following factors should be considered when selecting a roofing contractor. References should be checked to ensure that previous clients were satisfied with the work carried out, and to ensure that works of a similar nature and size to the proposed project have been delivered successfully.

Certificates of insurance should be checked to ensure that adequate public liability and employer’s liability cover is carried by the contractor. The level and quality of health and safety training provided to employees should be considered, and preference is given to organizations that demonstrate such commitment to employee training.

The organization’s health and safety management system should be considered, such as the suitability of the health and safety policy and the process for reporting and recording of accidents, and the processes in place for checking and controlling sub-contractors.

With regard to the safety of the project, the suitability and quality of the risk assessments should be assessed, ensuring that the risk assessments are site-specific. Method statements should be sufficiently detailed and demonstrate how control measures will be implemented to reduce the risk to the workers.

Finally, consideration should be given to the safety of the equipment to be used on-site, the suitability of the equipment for the environmental conditions and its maintenance.

Factors to Consider in Contractor Selection

  • Trade association memberships.
  • Maintenance of equipment.
  • Experience of similar works.
  • Training of staff.
  • Method statement suitability.
  • Risk assessment quality.
  • Accident history.
  • Enforcement actions.
  • Health and safety policy.
  • Equipment to be used.
  • Maintenance of equipment.
  • Control of sub-contractors.

Main Risks To The Contractors From Working At Height:

  • Falls from the height.
  • Falling objects.
  • Falls through the fragile roof.
  • Contact with live services/cables.
  • Injuries due to tools in use.
  • Effects of weather (from sunburn
  • to slips on ice).
  • Correctly designed for use and load.


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