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Who would be responsible if someone fell down a trench which was uncovered on site?

If an accident occurs on site due to an uncovered trench during construction, since the works are still carried out and there is no hand-over to the client the contractor is responsible for site safety. There should be an induction for all personnel before working on site and appropriate safety measures in place for areas with associated risk (ie working at heights and having barriers or trenches to be covered after work is done).

The CDM Regs provide guidance on the Contractor’s obligations to site safety.

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