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Best Practices and Challenges of Multi-Operator MSHA Sites
Working with independent contractors at your mine site is a common occurrence, but not always an easy one. Contractors are essential to the mining industry and will continue to be a constant at the nation’s mines in perpetuity, but as constant as contractors are so are the questions surrounding their presence. Many operators rely on contractors to tell them if a contractor’s employees will qualify as miners for training purposes and assume the contractor is well-versed in MSHA regulations and training expectations. While many contractors satisfy these requirements without issue, operators need to be prepared to make the appropriate inquiries and evaluations when bringing a contractor on-site.

This webinar will cover strategies for both mine operators and independent contractors to streamline the onboarding and selection process, and also help facilitate a productive relationship while contractors are on-site.

During this webinar, participants will learn about:

• The threshold for when contractors are required to provide comprehensive miner training to its employees and which company is responsible for this
• Best practices for mine operators and contractors to work together and delineate responsibility at the mine
• Mine operator and contractor liabilities during MSHA inspections and investigations

Nov 15, 2023 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Nick Scala
Chair, MSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group, Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Nick Scala is Chair of the national MSHA • Workplace Safety Practice at Conn Maciel Carey. He focuses his practice on issues involving mining safety and health law, representing mining companies, on both the surface and underground, independent contractors and cement manufacturers. Mr. Scala represents and advises clients in all phases of involvement with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), particularly guiding companies through MSHA investigations and challenging enforcement and jurisdiction by the agency. Prior to representing the mining industry, he worked as a miner and he is a Certified Mine Safety Professional through the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals.