[Webinar Recording] Legal Responsibilities and Liabilities for Mine Operators and Contractors at MSHA Facilities

On December 1, 2020, Nick Scala of Conn Maciel Carey presented a webinar regarding Legal Responsibilities and Liabilities for Mine Operators and Contractors at MSHA Facilities.

Dec. 2020 webinar Snip

The relationship between production operator and independent contractor at a mine site is more critical than ever to the industry. Most operations welcome contractors on site to perform tasks, from routine equipment maintenance, to specialty construction and service. With the increase in contractors in the mining industry, MSHA recently noted a sharp increase in the number of serious and fatal injuries sustained by contractors. Now, independent contractors will be under a microscope when at mine sites. Therefore, it is essential for production operations and their contractors to understand the obligations of each party under MSHA. This webinar will review the delineation of responsibilities for both production and independent contractors. It will also provide strategies for working cooperatively while protecting each company’s interests.

During this webinar, participants learned about:

  • Liability under the Mine Act for all production operators and independent contractors working at a mine;
  • MSHA’s ability to cite both companies for the violations of the one operator;
  • Strategies for independent contractors to improve safety and health programs at MSHA sites; and
  • Best practices for production operators pre-qualifying and monitoring contractors.

We are pleased to share links to a copy of the slides and a recording of the webinar. Let us know if you have questions about OSHA/MSHA incident investigations and audits, or any other OSHA/MSHA law issues.  We would love to be a resource for you.

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This was the 6th and final regularly scheduled webinar in the 2020 Conn Maciel Carey MSHA Webinar Series. The 2021 MSHA Webinar Series will be released soon, but to register for all of Conn Maciel Carey’s 2021 MSHA webinars, click here to send an email request, and we will get you automatically registered. If you missed any of our past webinars in our annual MSHA, OSHA, or Labor & Employment Webinar Series, here is a link to Conn Maciel Carey’s webinar archive.

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