A visit from a health and safety consultant that is not experienced or qualified to carry out work correctly, can lead to hold ups and reduce profits.
A company decided to employ a health and safety consultant to check that the safety arrangements on a project were up to standard. What they were not expecting was for him to state that almost every operation on site wasn’t good enough and that work should be stopped. The consultant arrived on the site and was met by a security guard. He pushed passed the guard and proceeded to march into an area of the site that was for vehicles only (site rules must be followed by all, if a consultant believes they are above them, you should consider reviewing their competency).
The consultant then ordered operators to get out of their vehicles and present him their competence cards. One of the drivers was unable to do so (card was in his locker), the consultant demanded that he stop work immediately. He then wrongly questioned a number of operations that in his opinion were unsafe and should be stopped, with new methods being adopted.
24 hours later he produced a report that stated improvements must be made. The contractors on site involved their own safety team who reviewed the report and found that almost all of the points made, were either wrong or based on opinion. The whole process took nearly 4 days and work on the site was limited in the meantime. The cost of this ran into thousands.
Make sure you employ the right consultants to do the job or it could cost you a lot of time and money. Remember value over price is key.