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NSC report shows pre-qualifying contractors improves safety measures

Contractors often perform high-risk jobs with little to no supervision

Posted September 22, 2017

A new report from the National Safety Council (NSC) concludes that pre-qualifying third-party contractors leads to better safety outcomes. The report, Making the Case for Contractor Management: Examining the Safety Benefits of 3rd-Party Management, analyzed data provided by BROWZ, LLC, a contractor prequalification and supply chain management solution provider. The BROWZ contractor database included nearly 17,500 contractor companies.

Researchers investigated whether suppliers, contractors, and vendors had better safety track records after participating in pre-qualifying programs. The contractors in the study did have better-than-average total recordable rates (TRR), days away, restricted or transferred (DART) rates, and lost workday rates — both for individual industries and all industries as a whole.

NSC points out that contract workers often perform high-risk jobs with little to no management supervision at the worksite. A formal contractor management program can help contractors meet the safety standards of the host facility.

The report is available on the NSC website.

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