In the July 2017 issue of LCIA’s magazine, In Good Company, Peggy Sellers wrote an article about ways in which general contractors and subcontractors can set themselves up for a successful relationship. Peggy founded and operates PS Safety & Risk Management in Baton Rouge and has more than thirty years of safety experience.
The article, which is available to read online, features advice for both general contractors and subs.
For General Contractors
You want subcontractors who emphasize safety and who provide employees with proper training. You do not want subs opening you up to liability. Specifically:
- Have a written agreement with a "hold-harmless” clause with subcontractors.
- Get subcontractors to agree to your safety guidelines.
- Verify workers’ comp coverage by requiring a certificate of insurance (COI)
Subcontractors who have safety programs can be more marketable. Subcontractors should consider:
- Having a safety plan, safety manual, and OSHA statistics in writing.
- Emphasizing safety and making it part of your company’s culture.
- Making it easy for the general contractor to get your COI.
Click here to read the magazine online. Scroll to page 4 of the PDF to read Peggy’s full article. LCIA thanks Peggy for sharing her expertise with us and with our readers. Learn more at pssafety.net.
In this blog series, "From the IGC Archives,” we revisit the helpful—and oftentimes original—content that LCIA has published in past issues of In Good Company.