If more than one contractor will be working on your project you must appoint a principal contractor in writing. If you do not do this then you take on this role and associated legal duties yourself.
The principal contractor manages the construction phase of a project. This involves liaising with the client and principal designer throughout the project, including during the pre-construction phase.
One of the main client duties is to ensure that those you appoint are able to demonstrate they can deliver the project for you safely and without damage to health.
The principal contractor (and any Contractors or Designers) you appoint should:
- Have the necessary capabilities and resources
- Have the right blend of skills, knowledge, training and experience
- Understand their roles and responsibilities when carrying out the work
The principal contractor is the contractor in overall charge of the construction phase. The principal contractor is normally a contractor so will also have CDM contractor duties, however 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, training and experience. This will depend upon the nature of the work and the range and nature of health and safety risks involved.
The principal contractor must be appointed in writing and it is important you keep a record of this appointment.
- Principal contractor appointment document
- HASpod users can access documents from
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