Smart Innovators: Contractor Safety Management

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Executive Summary

This report provides buyers of contractor safety management software with an overview of the current state of the market and an assessment of 18 vendors with the most comprehensive software and services offerings. Managers involved in selecting providers of contractor safety solutions include those in EHS, operations, procurement and sourcing. The study also provides executives at vendors with an understanding of how their capabilities stack up relative to their competitors across 12 different assessment criteria. Verdantix finds that there are five categories of contractor safety management vendors that offer four high-level capabilities for managing contractors. There are three strategies that hiring clients can employ for managing contractor safety, these are: focusing on low-cost approaches to mitigating the most obvious risks; obliging contractors to use digital tools which improve safety performance; and integrating organizational, site-level and individual controls to create a water-tight system.

Table of contents

Contractor Safety Management Challenges Have No Single Solution  
Responsibility For Contractor Management Sits With Three Business Functions
Firms Rely On Multiple Systems Cobbled Together To Control Contractor Risks
Introducing The Contractor Safety Management Market  
Five Categories Of Technology Provider Offer Contractor Safety Management Solutions
Customers Face A Dizzying Array Of Contractor Safety Tech And Service Providers
Contractor Safety Management Vendors Offer Four High-Level Capabilities
Hiring Clients Should Follow One Of Three Digital Strategies For Contractor Safety Management

Table of figures

Figure 1. Deployment Of Contractor Safety Management Software In 2019
Figure 2. Investment Plans For Contractor Safety Management Software By 2021
Figure 3. Investment Plans For Permit To Work Software By 2021
Figure 4-1. Contractor Safety Management Capabilities Criteria
Figure 4-2. Contractor Safety Management Capabilities Criteria
Figure 4-3. Contractor Safety Management Capabilities Criteria
Figure 4-4. Contractor Safety Management Capabilities Criteria
Figure 5-1. Contractor Safety Management Capabilities
Figure 5-2. Contractor Safety Management Capabilities

About the authors

Sebastian Winter

Industry Analyst

Sebastian is a Technology Analyst in the Verdantix Operational Excellence practice. His research agenda focuses on covering industrial risk technologies, best practices and growth strategies. Prior to joining Verdantix, Sebastian worked for Trucost, a division of S&P Dow Jones Indices, and held positions in China, Brunei and Kenya. Sebastian holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

David Metcalfe


David co-founded Verdantix in 2008 and leads the firm’s research and advisory work on the digitization of Operational Excellence which covers software, systems integration, wearables and drones. Prior to founding Verdantix, David was a Senior Vice President at Forrester Research and Head of Analysis and Forecasting for BT. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University in Game Theory and Decision Analysis and worked as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School.

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