In accordance with one of our valued clients risk tolerance all sub-contractors of suppliers of this client were requested to register on Smartek.
These sub-contractors were required to demonstrate an equivalent level of compliance to their main supplier who sub contracted their services based on the type of services provided.
A sub-contractor from one of their suppliers was unable to produce a trading authorisation certificate for the services provided under a sub contract arrangement for this client.
Discussions with this sub-contractor revealed that he was under the assumption that he was working under the contracting company’s certificate and therefore did not require a trading authorisation certificate. Although he could provide qualifications he had never been asked for this certificate from the main contractor.
A review of the licensing regulation website in consultation with the sub-contractor revealed that this contractor would require a trading authorisation certificate for the type of works/services described under his sub contractual arrangement with the main supplier.
Furthermore, this sub-contractor had been working for some time under a sub-contract arrangement on our client’s site without the trading authorisation certificate in place. This was placing the sub-contractor, main supplier and our mutual client site at increased risk exposure to litigation and other risks in the event of an incident.
The sub-contractor advised that he was going to call the main contractor immediately to discuss this requirement and intended to apply for a trading authorisation certificate. The Smartek team provided the sub-contractor with a link to the licensing regulation website which is the first point of information and provides options for applying for the certificate.
The sub-contractor has been left non-compliant with our client’s site until he can provide the correct trading authorisation certificate.
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Blayne Webb, Director, Barringtons