But hiring contractors exposes a company to liability for any safety violations a contractor may commit. And a company can’t completely assign all of its possible liability under the OHS laws to contractors in the contract. So it’s important to take steps to effectively manage your company’s contractors. For example, conduct prequalification audits to screen out contractors with poor safety records and practices. And keep track of the contractors and subcontractors in your workplace.
Guidance and Insight
Using contractors can be a cost-effective way to secure vital services. But it can also create huge safety problems—especially when the contractor’s personnel work at your facility. Maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for your own people is tough enough. It becomes an even greater challenge when your workplace is swarming with workers who you haven’t trained and may not even know. This can be a sure-fire recipe for injuries and liability, including criminal liability under C-45.