Your Legal Liability When Your Contractors (or Even Repairmen!) Screw up
Recent circuit court and Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) rulings make it clear—general contractors and employers can be held liable for the hazardous work conditions caused by their subcontractors. The rulings found, among other things, that general contractors should use their control over the project site to make sure that the subcontractors follow safety regulations and worksite safety procedures even when a general contractor’s employees may not be at risk or even on site. These actions and rulings substantially increase your need to be proactive in working with your contractors and sub-contractors before, during and after any project.
And this issue not only applies to employers in construction. Anyone who brings a subcontractor onto their site faces the same responsibility. This includes general industry employers who are using subcontractors to inspect equipment, perform repairs or installations, or renovate their facilities.
Sign up to hear about the best ways to protect yourself and your company ahead of time—before the first bit of work even starts! Find out how to create a proactive contract safety management program that includes vetting potential subcontractors, so you can thoroughly check the safety of their company. Make sure the people and company you hire follow your safety program and inform you of any hazards that may potentially occur as a result of their work onsite.
And remember to perform follow-up evaluations after the project is done to decide whether or not to invite them back for further work.
This audio conference will help you navigate the complexities of contractor safety and liability for your company so that you don’t miss a single step and end up in a lawsuit. Get plenty of practical ideas and suggestions to help you manage the process and reduce your exposure to fines and penalties from regulatory agencies—not to mention what you’ll be saving for your company’s bottom line. Sign up today!
What do recent court and OSHRC decisions mean and how do they apply to your organization?
How can you establish a contractor safety management program and align it with your existing program for direct employees to minimize cost and distractions?
The effective, common sense prescreening criteria and programs you’ll want to use to identify those contractors with high quality safety records—and those without
What does everyone, from your CFO to Mr. John Doe, need to know to pick a good contractor? Craft selection criteria that can be used by all levels of your organization to evaluate a potential contractor’s performance
Oh, what a difference an orientation program can make—how to design a program that gets your safety message across and assures that it will be followed when the trainees leave the room
What’s the best way to monitor the contractor’s performance while on site, so that you can spot potential problems early?
What are some simple methods contractors can use to let you know when they see a safety hazard?
Should you invite them back? Evaluate contractors after they leave and decide whether or not you’ll use them again
About the Presenter:
Pamela (Ferrante) Walaski, CSP, CHMM
Pamela (Ferrante) Walaski, CSP, CHMM is the president of JC Safety & Environmental, Inc. an occupational health and safety consulting firm with an office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. JC Safety & Environmental, Inc. provides broad-based services to a variety of clients in the private sector, including light manufacturing, heavy industry and construction, as well as the public sector for county and city governmental authorities.
JC Safety’s areas of specialization include review and/or design of corporate health and safety programs, Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems audits, customized training programs for OSHA compliance, and site-specific health and safety plans. JC Safety staff is also authorized to provide OSHA 10-Hour and 30-Hour Outreach Classes for both General Industry and the Construction Industry and has taught countless training sessions on internal emergency response preparedness.
Pam is a regular presenter at national safety-related conferences and also does numerous audio conferences and webinars, often focusing on emergency response planning, risk communications and safety management systems. She recently spoke on risk and crisis communications at the Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference in Oregon, on safety incentive programs at the Ohio Safety Congress and on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill at the ASSE Professional Development Conference in Chicago.
Pam has authored articles in Professional Safety and The Advisor published by ASSE and The Synergist published by AIHA. She also was a contributing author to The Safety Professionals Handbook published by ASSE in June 2008 with a chapter titled “Cost Analysis and Budgeting for Emergency Response Teams.” Her book on risk and crisis communications is in the final stages of publication by John Wiley and Sons.
Pam is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and has been active at the Society level currently serving as the Administrator of the Consultants Practice Specialty and the Chair of the Technical Publications Advisory Committee. She is also a Full Member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and a Master Member of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Managers (formerly ACHMM).
- This program has been applied for CIH & CSP Continuing Education Credits. Earn .33 CM Points for CIHs and .156 Points for CSP and CSHM.
Who would benefit from this program:
- Safety Managers
- Safety Directors
- Safety Superviors
- Safety Professionals
Audio Conference Formats Explained
- Audio Conference CD Only: $229.00 (includes S&H)
Length: 2 hours