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Risk-Shifting Mechanism
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What is a Risk-Shifting Mechanism?

A Risk-Shifting Mechanism in the construction industry involves the transfer of potential financial risk from one party to another. Traditional contracts often place the responsibility for risks on the contractor. However, through risk-shifting methods such as sub-contracting, insurance, or performance bonds, some or all of the potential risks can be shifted away from the contractor and onto other parties, like subcontractors or insurance companies. The aim is to balance the risks more equitably, based on which party is best capable of managing those risks and to ensure that the project is not jeopardized due to unforeseen complications or accidents. Properly implemented, a risk-shifting mechanism can provide financial stability and predictability, thus improving the overall management and execution of construction projects.