The principle contractor is responsible for ensuring that the construction safety plans are prepared before the start of the work. The purpose of the plan is to investigate and identify the hazards and risk factors associated with the tasks carried out at the site, the conditions and the working environment, as well as to remove these accordingly. If hazards or risk factors cannot be removed, their impact on the safety and health of those working on or in the vicinity of the site must be assessed. The principle contractor shall also take care of plans for the use of the site area (including e.g., cranes, the location of machinery and building equipment, walk and driveways). The plans must be kept up to date during the construction period and updated to reflect any changes in circumstances.
For larger construction works (lasting more than a month and construction sites with at least 10 employees or 500 person-days), the principle contractor must also notify the labour inspectorate about the construction site before the start of the work.
During the construction phase, the principle contractor is responsible for site management and general co-operation between the parties (e.g., dissemination of information, co-ordination of activities, overall cleanliness and order of the site area). In addition, the principle contractor shall constantly monitor the operations of each party working on the site, the fulfilment of obligations, the state of occupational safety and the safety of work practices. The principle contractor shall therefore designate a qualified person to be in charge of the construction site and name deputy to him/her.
The principle contractor shall also maintain a list of employees and self-employed workers working on the site, as well as of their information. The principle contractor shall submit this information to the tax administration if the value of the work purchased by the developer for the entire project exceeds 15,000 euros.