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Legal Responsibilities and Liabilities for Mine Operators and Contractors at MSHA Facilities
Presented by Nicholas W. Scala

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 will learn 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.

Dec 1, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Nicholas W. Scala
Partner and Chair, MSHA • Workplace Safety Practice @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Nick Scala is a 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.