CDM Regulations 2015—the role of the contractor and principal contractor
Produced in partnership with Gowling WLG
CDM Regulations 2015—the role of the contractor and principal contractor

The following Construction practice note Produced in partnership with Gowling WLG provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • CDM Regulations 2015—the role of the contractor and principal contractor
  • Who is a Contractor?
  • General duties
  • The Principal Contractor
  • Construction Phase Plan

For the purposes of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (the ‘Regulations’), Contractors are those companies and individuals who carry out construction work. This ‘hands-on’ role means that contractors are often those most at risk of suffering injury or otherwise damaging their health.

The Regulations allow contractors to have a role in planning, managing and monitoring the construction work. The Regulations apply alongside the general duty which is placed on employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of employees and others affected by what they do and of employees to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of others which are set out in sections 2, 3 and 7 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Who is a Contractor?

The Regulations provide a wide definition of ‘contractor'. It includes any person who manages or carries out construction work in the course of a business (including the self-employed). This definition could include those parties who hold other key positions under these regulations such as the client or the principal designer.

Each contractor may appoint a number of sub-contractors to carry out works. Each of those sub-contractors is likely to fall with the definition of ‘contractor’ for the purposes of the Regulations and must therefore also comply with the duties imposed.

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