Subcontractor Liability: Are You Your Brother’s Keeper?
You have just been awarded a large contract to build a new project, a long-awaited one that will move your company into the next stages of growth. In order to compete in the process, you hire multiple subcontractors to work with you (the general contractor). This is an exciting time, and everyone is ready to go. However, this excitement can turn into a nightmare if you fail to manage your subcontractor’s safety programs.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) holds a general contractor responsible for the safety and health of their subcontractors on a worksite. (Those jurisdictions that have a state program must be at least as effective as the OSHA standard.)
This article first appeared in BUILDERnews magazine.