22nd August 2018
By Paul Mills
Hiring contractors on construction projects is unavoidable. It is the most common way of carrying out construction work. Hiring contractors without clear and specific rules can lead to an increase of risk on a project, and we know how important health and safety is on site. When hiring contractors, often project managers are not aware of these risks. This can lead to further issues down the line. There are areas that project managers can consider before hiring contractors to help reduce exposure to project risks.
As we mentioned, contractors are an integral part of the construction process. You have to trust that they will complete the work to your satisfaction. Sometimes, unfortunately, it doesn’t always go as intended. As a result of this, the most common threats you as a hiring company will experience are:
Any issues that arise from these remain with the hiring company. There needs to be preventative action against these risks.
There are two main courses of action you could consider if you want to reduce the risks to your project. The first is the contracting policies of the hiring company.
These policies can lead to constraints in construction. For example, many companies hire contractors based on their market share or those that offer the lowest price. What they don’t consider is their structure, experience, or the quality of work they provide. This leaves you at risk of poor-quality construction and failure to meet project deadlines or specifications. The best solution is to change the company policy on hiring contractors, but this can prove challenging. It largely depends on the influence the project manager has within the company.
This leads into the second course of action – the project manager’s attitude. The project manager has a lot of control over the hiring and management of contractors. Therefore, it is the project managers responsibility to ensure best practices and risk reduction. If there is a poor project manager, there is likely to be increased risk, due to the level of control they exercise over contractors. If you’re satisfied with the work your project manager is conducting, there are other matters to consider.
Four steps can ensure risk reduction to your project:
Hiring contractors can be tricky work and leaves your project at risk of hundreds of shortcomings. That’s why at Inscape we make sure we work with project managers during every stage of construction to ensure the work we are doing is of the highest standard and fitting to the needs of the project. If you’re in need of expert manufacturers, get in touch with Inscape today on 0845 230 8565 for an informal chat about how we can help.