Principal Contractor in the Rail Industry

What is a Principal Contractor?

A Principal Contractor (PC) is the primary contractor who holds the responsibility for the construction phase of a project involving more than one contractor. They are appointed by the client to project manage the overall health and safety throughout the completed work, this may be on the construction site or away from it.

Are you a Principal Contractor?

PCs hold a significant role within the project. They manage the overall wellbeing of the risks to health by creating and monitoring a health and safety file, site rules, prevent unauthorised access by those that are not permitted to be on site for the construction work. Therefore, they must have the highest standards of skill, knowledge, experience and be highly methodical in their work ethics.

What are the responsibilities of a Principal Contractor?

The role ensures that the health and safety risks for each person working on the project are accounted for; Especially for those who work on site. This also includes members of the public. They manage, monitor and coordinate the safety of everyone, whereby the measures of a safety plan are in place to safeguard everyone.

Also, they must submit a detailed construction phase plan before the project begins, with planning and managing regular review meetings to ensure the organisational capability to carry the program is on course and still in line with the project objectives. Also, they must provide that the current ‘Construction (Design and Management) otherwise known as CDM regulations are adopted.

Furthermore, they also need to ensure that each person they employ has the correct and relevant skill set to support the project concerning their health and safety. Meaning, onsite training and inductions are carried out adequately, all steps are put in place to prevent any unapproved access to the site.

Become a PC in Rail

Are you are looking to become a PC in Rail? If yes, get in touch, and we can support the process and manage the project.

Contact JVR Consultancy if you are looking to become a Principal Contractor in Rail. We support the process and manage the project.

Fill out the form below to arrange a call and to determine what next steps are required in submitting a construction project phase plan and supporting your projects.

Achieve Accreditation and Compliance with JVR

JVR Consultancy was formed in the year 2008. We noticed that there was a gap in the market, for companies who work in the construction, rail, utilities, oil and gas sector who were not fully supported in the way that they could be when it came to industry compliance and certification. That is why our highly experienced team of compliance consultants can serve these sectors by providing over 135 years of combined experience with all compliance needs. In short, you won’t find anyone else who cares as much, or who tries as hard as we do.

Speak with one of our experienced consultants. At JVR, we know that time is precious, and you want the answers to your questions quickly. Once we speak with you for the first time over the phone, we need around 10 minutes to fully evaluate which accreditation you need support with and a brief introduction into you and your company.

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