How Safe Are Your Contractors?

Nov 20, 2017

Studies have shown that contractor safety performance improves over time when contractors and suppliers are measured and held accountable. Do you know if your contractors are safe, trained, and qualified to work?

It is critical to have systems in place to manage the safety of those contractors and subcontractors who intend to perform work at your company’s facilities.

Unsafe contractors not only pose risk to their own employees but also to peers and to your own employees. The results of unsafe practices can impact reputation, finances, project schedules and most importantly life.

It is critical to verify that all contract workers coming on site have the requisite training (and supporting documentation) in advance of beginning work.

A thorough prequalification process will involve checking contractors’ enforcement compliance history in advance, analyzing their accident history (companies that frequently injure their own employees may trigger wall to- wall inspections when accidents occur), scrutinizing references, verifying technical certifications, examining their safety programs and training, validating the existence of insurance policies and confirming that necessary endorsements are in place.

Compliance is More than a One-Time Event

True contractor management extends beyond prequalification. As documentation, licenses, training events and insurance policies expire, it is critical that programs exist to recertify compliance throughout the year as well as notify interested parties of expiring documentation prior to catastrophic events.

This may seem to be a lot to develop and maintain, particularly if you use contractors on a regular basis. Fortunately, there are services that conduct prequalification, compile, notify and regularly update this type of information for companies that perform contractor services.

It is worthwhile evaluating and engaging one of these services for prequalification and ongoing compliance services to improve your resource management and ensure that all available and pertinent qualification information has been thoroughly considered and updated.

BROWZ Can Help

A new research paper from the National Safety Council, Making the Case for Contractor Management: Examining the Safety Benefits of Third-Party Management, summarizes the results and efficacy of outsourced contractor management systems and dives into data supplied from BROWZ to examine the impact of contractor management programs.

More specifically, the National Safety Council research investigates if contractors and vendors realize improved safety performance because of their participation in these types of programs.

This study, with data supplied by BROWZ, examines the impact of contractor management programs – specifically prequalification – on the safety of contractors in the BROWZ database.

The contractors in the study were found to have better average Total Recordable Rates (TRR), Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) Rates, and Lost Workday Rates (LWR) within individual industries and all industries.

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The results of the study indicate that registered BROWZ contractors and vendors significantly outperform national safety averages. BROWZ contractors have a Total Recordable Rate (TRR), Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) Rate, and Lost Workday Rate (LWR) that is 33.7 percent, 47.7 percent, and 65.0 percent better (respectively) than the national intra-industry averages. This is true both within individual industries and all industries.

Evaluate your current activities and processes with the Contractor Safety Risk Assessment. This assessment determines organizational contractor safety risk and potential areas for improvement. To learn more and complete the assessment, download the Contractor Safety Quick Check-Up eBook