Wednesday, September 8, 2010

From Durability & Design-Employer Found Liable for Risk to Subs’ Workers

General contractors and other job-site employers may be held responsible for violations created by a subcontractor whose workers are exposed to safety or health hazards, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled.
The decision upholds the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s multi-employer citation policy and reverses a decision that the Commission itself made during the previous administration.
Under the policy, OSHA inspectors may cite employers on multi-employer worksites for violations that do not expose their own workers to occupational hazards. For example, a general contractor who controls the worksite may be responsible for violations created by a subcontractor, exposing the subcontractor’s employees to safety or health hazards.
The Commission’s Aug. 19 decision affirms an earlier decision by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court had rejected the Commission's previous view that employers are READ THE REST BY CLICKING HERE
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