On September 26, 2018, Nick Scala of Conn Maciel Carey’s national MSHA Practice, presented a webinar which covered a Responsibilities and Regulations with Independent Contractors.

Independent contractors continue to be an integral part of the mining industry. While contractors work at mines across the country each day without issue, production operators and contractors must be aware of the delineation of liability and responsibility when working together. Not only are there concerns of enforcement liability with MSHA for the actions of each company upon the other, but civil litigation exposure in the event of accidents or injuries. This webinar will review the delineation of responsibilities for each operator on a site, both production and independent contractor, and provide strategies for working cooperatively while protecting each company’s interests.

During this webinar, participants learned about:

  • Liability under the Mine Act for all operators working at a mine;

  • MSHA’s ability to cite both companies for the violations of the one operator; and

  • Best practices for working together and allocation of responsibilities on site.

Here is a link to a recording of the webinar with slides and audio.