Contractors

Many companies hire contractors to do work for them, whether it’s performing janitorial services in the facility or handling all electrical work on a construction project.

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

TEST YOUR OHS I.Q.: Is General Contractor Liable for Subcontractor’s Safety Violations?

An OHS official issues compliance orders to a general contractor relating to work being down by a subcontractor. Is that appropriate?

AROUND THE PROVINCES: Delegating OHS Liability to Contractors

Here’s a chart showing when and to whom you may delegate safety duties under the OHS law of each jurisdiction and the duties of the person subject to the delegation.

Court Reinstates OHS Charges Dismissed Against Contractor & Subcontractor

A supervisor was killed on a construction site when part of a wood frame holding a pipe in place broke off and hit him...

Are Homeowners Liable for Injuries to their Contractors?

Situation A homeowner hires a professional roofer to replace his roof. After a snow storm, he clears and salts some but not all of the...

Contractor Exercised Due Diligence as to Pipe Clearing Work

A uranium mine hired a contractor to do pipe work. Workers were trying to clear a pipe of ice when the pipe whipped 41...

Tools

Contractor Document Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure you get all of the necessary documents from contractors during prequalification.

Contractors’ Environmental Obligations

Hiring contractors to do work on your company's behalf can expose the company to liability for the contractors' safety violations.

Model Clause – Environmental Consultant Protections

Compliance with Environmental Law. The Consultant shall, at all times, ensure that its employees, agents and subcontractors comply with applicable laws and regulations, including...

Outside Contractor Notification Form

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...

Dealing With Contractors – FORM

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.