Liaising with the other duty holders - effective communication and co-operation is crucial to the successful delivery of any project so we work with our clients, the Principal Designer and any design team members to share information, provide required input and ensure that all design (whether pre-construction or during construction) has been adequately prepared to minimise the risks involved with construction and usability of the building
Managing the construction phase - our role as Principal Contractor is to manage all aspects of the construction phase including safety, health, quality, environmental, commercial-viability, best practice and programming. CDM 2015 enables us to integrate health & safety management into the overall project, reviewing the pre-construction information and client requirements, assessing the known and potential risks of the works and adequately planning to deliver the project without risk to the health & safety of those who are affected by the works.
Preparing the construction phase plan - setting out the requirements of the project plan, the construction phase plan outlines how health & safety will be managed during the construction phase. Our plans are prepared in order to be proportionate to the size and nature of the work, and the risks involved and are pragmatic and sensible, prepared in advance of site start to be approved by the Principal Designer and are regularly reviewed and added to as the works progress on-site.
Ensuring welfare facilities are provided - welfare facilities will be provided that are suitable and sufficient for the size and nature of the project, particularly ensuring they cater for the expected number of workers on site. We ensure that they are available for the commencement of works on site, remaining until all works have been completed and our high standards ensure that they are regularly cleaned during the works so that they remain fit for purpose.
Providing site inductions - all of our operatives are provided with a comprehensive site induction prior to their being allowed to commence on the site.
Securing the site - it is important to us that the site boundary is clearly defined, to protect our site operatives and our clients’ interests. Our sites will always be manned with controlled entry and operatives are all required to wear security passes to identify them as Empyrean Construction staff.
Appointing contractors and workers - contractors and workers who are appointed by Empyrean Construction are all assessed to ensure they have the appropriate skills, competence and experience to carry out the tasks for which they are appointed.
Providing the right management and supervision - our Site Management staff are SMSTS accredited with significant training and experience to enable them to lead construction projects, with appropriate company systems and procedures to ensure they manage projects in line with relevant legislation, regulations and best practice.
Engaging contractors and workers - we understand the importance of involving our contractors and operatives in assessing risk and planning properly and as such we have regular briefings to ensure proper co-ordination takes place on our sites.
Monitoring the risks on site - assessing the risks involved with the projects is our key responsibility, from which we derive Method Statements and Risk Assessments to communicate the appropriate method of carrying out certain work activities. We also work with our specialist contractors to ensure they have sufficient information about the project and the design to develop any particular working methods and risk assessments for higher risk or more complicated work packages, ensuring these all take account of any overlap of trades on-site and the environment in which the works are taking place.
Contributing to the health and safety file - we understand the importance of providing meaningful information about residual risk and any relevant project information for the Health & Safety File, developing this as we work through the construction phase, and where necessary working with the Principal Designer. We can also provide a full H&S File delivery service if required by the Client either as a stand-alone document or an integrated Building Manual, alongside the Operating & Maintenance Manual.
The CDM Regulations 2015 make the role of the Principal Contractor extremely clear, setting out the requirements for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects. CDM applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance.
The client has overall responsibility for the successful management of the project and is supported by the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor in different phases of the project.
As Principal Contractor, Empyrean Construction assumed the role of the contractor in overall control of the construction phase on projects with more than one contractor. This includes any construction or building project, infrastructure, repair or maintenance work, whether on a fixed or transient site.
We are experienced and knowledgeable in our delivery of projects which comply with CDM 2015 and are capable of carrying out the role, having the appropriate skills, knowledge and experience for the nature of the work and the range and nature of health and safety risks involved.
From the outset of a project, Empyrean Construction will undertake the role of Principal Contractor, ensuring all Dutyholders are aware of the legal responsibilities and how CDM applies to the project.
This will involve: