The principal contractor's role under construction (design and management) regulations 2007: Areas for further research based on a qualitative inquiry

Dingayo Mzyece, Issaka Ndekugri, Nii Ankrah, Felix Hammond

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Abstract

The dissimilarity between principal contractor and contractor organisations under CDM 2007 can often be over measured. In an effort to clearly distinguish the two, so as to understand the role of principal contractor as part of an on-going study, inevitable gaps emerge which invite further research into practice and procedure. Based on a desk research and three (3) focus group meetings with industry experts, it is established through a qualitative inquiry that the principal contractor contributes considerably to the successful implementation of CDM regulations during and after the construction phase. Crucial to this process are the legal and contractual obligations stipulating health and safety requirements before and during the construction phase - regulation 23 (1) (a). In order to successfully deliver the construction phase plan, critical to this process yet underestimated are key procedures such as appointment criteria, performance measurement and liability for instance which are hardly mentioned in the CDM 2007 or the practice guidance notes. Clearly, contractors are bound to coordinate numerous activities on construction sites let alone managing health, safety and welfare of employees in accordance with section two (2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA)1974 and part 4 of the CDM 2007 - duties relating to health and safety on construction sites. Providing explicit terms of engagement and carefully executed procedures such as appointments can enhance overall health and safety management through construction phase plans. The conclusions of the study therefore suggest further areas of research alluded to above consistent with the literature review and regulation 4 (1) (b), 5(1)(2), 6 and 22-24.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2012 - Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference
EditorsSimon D. Smith
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management
Pages465-474
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780955239069
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Event28th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2012 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20125 Sep 2012

Publication series

NameAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2012 - Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference
Volume1

Conference

Conference28th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2012
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period3/09/125/09/12

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Keywords

  • CDM regulations
  • Construction phase plan
  • Health and safety management
  • Principal contractor

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Mzyece, D., Ndekugri, I., Ankrah, N., & Hammond, F. (2012). The principal contractor's role under construction (design and management) regulations 2007: Areas for further research based on a qualitative inquiry. In S. D. Smith (Ed.), Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2012 - Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference (pp. 465-474). (Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2012 - Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference; Vol. 1). Association of Researchers in Construction Management.