The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations place specific duties on the approach to health and safety. These regulations were updated in 2015 and now apply to domestic building projects.
Self and custom builders are legally responsible for their own safety when working on their own projects. Depending on how much of the project work you take on yourself, you could fall into one, or more, of the following categories, called ‘dutyholders’:
What happens if I don’t comply?
Building your own home can be risky. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), around a third of all workplace fatalities occur in construction and many thousands are injured each year.
Not following the CDM Regulations could result in a dangerous, or even fatal, accident during the completion of your self build or custom build project. Furthermore, your finished home may not be safe to live in.
Breaching health and safety legislation when building your own home could mean that construction work might need to be stopped by the HSE or your local authority. Further work to the project might be needed to fix any problems.
Most importantly, you may be liable for prosecution in some serious cases.