Why a Contractor’s Health and Safety Policy Matters
Often, as the client, it seems that health and safety is the sole concern of the contractor. However, the health and safety practices of an electrical contractor have consequences for their clients.
Here is why it’s important for you to be confident with your contractor’s health and safety practices.
A safe contractor costs less
Accidents cost any business money, both in terms of lost revenue and in injury payments. An electrical contractor that experiences an unacceptable volume of work related injuries and accidents will likely end up passing those costs on to their clients through higher rates.
A quality contractor will have their health and safety policies and code of conduct open for review, and will always work in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Fortunately, there’s a built-in check for the safety record of an electrical contractor: their pricing. Since safe work saves the contractor money in the long run, this will be reflected in their rates.
If you’ve found a contractor with reasonable rates, and easy access to their health and safety policies, you’ve likely got the right contractor on your hands.
A safe contractor does better work
The main reason a contractor experiences consistent injuries or accidents is rushing through jobs.
When a business takes a quantity-over-quality approach, they have to prioritize finishing each job quickly in order to turn a profit. This often leads to using improper equipment for the situation and hastily completing routine tasks.
Prioritizing safety forces a contractor to take a more methodical approach that organically improves the quality of their work. Shoddy electrical work is hazardous for technicians to work on, and can present fire and shock hazards once it is finished.
A professional contractor will be able to explain their plan for completing the job you’ve hired them for, and what they’ll be doing during each stage of the process.
A safety-oriented contractor may need a little more time to complete a job, but the quality of the workmanship will justify the extra hours.
A safe contractor meets deadlines
In addition to money, accidents also cost time. Often, you’ll need to stop your work while an electrical installation or repair is being made. In these situations, it’s important to minimize delays.
If there’s an accident or injury on the job, chances are the contractor won’t be able to complete the work within the agreed upon timeline. This could mean lost revenue for you, if you’re not able to return to work.
A good contractor will likely have some sort of coverage to defray the cost of the incident for them, and may even give a discount for the delay. But this discount likely won’t be enough to account for any lost business caused by the botched agenda.
Even though it’s the responsibility of the electrical contractor to establish good health and safety policies, the benefits of safe work practices transfer directly to the client.
Before you agree to work with an electrical contractor, be sure to check their health and safety code of conduct, and find out if they are part of a workplace safety organization such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
This is a great example of a thorough health and safety policy from Diamond Controls.
If you’re interested in working with a safe, certified electrical contractor in Ontario, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (519) 623-9618.