Construction firms putting cost above contractor competence
A new survey has found that the vast majority of construction buyers don’t rate health and safety accreditation as their top priority when selecting a contractor.
The survey, which was commissioned by government certification service Constructionline, interviewed 105 construction buyers from a range of sectors, including local authorities, housing associations, universities, the Police and health authorities. Only 29 per cent of buyers rated health and safety accreditation as their number one priority for choosing a contractor, but almost half put cost at the top of the list.
In response to the findings, Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) – the umbrella body of health and safety accreditation schemes – called on construction firms to consider how they assess their contractors’ health and safety capabilities before they are allowed on site.
Paul Reeve, SSIP chairman and head of business policy and practice at the Electrical Contractors’ Association, said: “The construction sector has been hit very hard by the recession and so it’s understandable that everyone in the industry is closely monitoring costs. One way clients can save on their direct costs, and avoid putting extra costs on their suppliers, is to pre-qualify suppliers who have been assessed by an SSIP member scheme.”
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