Contractor Liability at Mines

Contractors provide essential services to mine operators, but their presence on the mine site creates special safety issues and legal risks. This presentation reviews these considerations and provides practical tips for managing the risk and addressing issues that arise with MSHA enforcement directed at contractor activity.

Bill Doran is a shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. He represents and advises companies with respect to issues arising under federal and state safety laws. Bill helps companies in accident investigations, special investigations, audits and discrimination investigations conducted by MSHA, OSHA, and state agencies. He also represents companies in litigation before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, and the federal courts. Bill speaks and writes frequently on a variety of safety topics. Most recently, he co-authored the Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook published by Government Institutes. He also authored an article entitled, “Vicarious Liability of Mine Operators for Independent Contractors’ Violations” for the University of Kentucky’s Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law. Bill is a co-author of a monthly column “MSHA and the Law” in Pit & Quarry magazine.

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