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Case 52 - Firm failed contractor's assessment process because health and safety training was run in house

Issue

A company sought to secure a contract to carry out maintenance to coffee machines. They failed the contractor's assessment process because all their health and safety training is run in house and the contractor's assessment only recognises accredited training

Panel decision

The panel recognises that large contractors in the construction industry have a duty to ensure that its sub-contractors are properly trained before going onto site. However in this case, we believe insistence that a sub-contractor which is engaged to service its drinks vending machines must have their training validated by third party accreditation at its own cost, when they can already demonstrate that they have conducted equivalent training, is disproportionate and inflexible

2012-03-09