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    Insurance for a contractor?

    If I appoint an independent roofer to fix a roof and he does it without scaffolding is that my responsibility? Had a few tiles out due to the recent winds and used a couple of roofers and both did the job without any scaffolding.

    #2
    Yes. As the client, the health and safety at work act puts you at the top of the pile for responsibility. If you allow someone to do something you know is unsafe then i think you could be in a lot of trouble as well as the company who did it. If they assure you its safe, then personally, i would be asking them to me why its safe.
    health and safety is about reducing the risks to acceptable levels. Which is why risk assessments exist. If this isn't being done and the risks are too high, controls need to be put in place.
    Just use your own judgement, if it looks dodgy, it probably is.

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      #3
      You've obviously seen and taken a copy of the contractor's own insurance policy?

      Any roofer operating without their own insurance is demonstrating their judgement ain't to be trusted..
      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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        #4
        Yes I have seen their insurance policy. Just wondering if I need to insisit on them putting up scaffolding every time even though they don't require it. It makes a £100 job into a £800 job.

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          #5
          No different to making sure your spark doesn't put his fingers in the socket. Not up to you to tell them how to do their job.

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            #6
            That's exactly what I thought. In reply to Southern Dave how am I meant to do a risk assessment on someone else's job that I have never done before?

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