The Principal Contractor is the contractor in overall control of the construction phase on projects with more than one contractor. They are appointed by the Client and there should only be one Principal Contractor for a project at any one time.
The Principal Contractor must be capable of carrying out the role and have the right skills, knowledge and experience, dependent upon the nature of the work and the range and nature of health and safety risks involved.
The Client appoints a Principal Contractor to control any project’s construction phase involving more than one contractor.
You have an important role in managing health and safety risks during the construction phase. You must have the skills, knowledge, experience, and relevant organisational capability to carry out this duty holder role.
When working for a domestic Client, you will normally take on the Client duties. If a domestic Client does not appoint a Principal Contractor, the role must be carried out by the contractor in control of the construction phase. Confusing?
In the important role as Principal Contractor, you must demonstrate you have the health and safety skills, knowledge and experience, and capability, to carry out the work you are being legally appointed for and must be and the nature of the risks involved.
Your personally appointed CDM Advisor will support you in the planning, managing, monitoring, and coordinating health and safety in the construction phase of a project. To give that extra support of expertise in delivering your duties and getting everyone home safely and healthy. We will: