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Contractor Guidance on Avoiding OSHA and Other Legal Problems


Gain tips on ways to protect everyone at the worksite and mitigate liability.

The U.S. Department of Labor's definition of an independent contractor has been in a state of flux between the Obama/Trump/Biden administrations. This can create confusion about the classification of workers and the responsibilities the host employer has under the Occupational Safety & Health Act, the Mine Safety & Health Act, and implementing policies. Both agencies provide for situations where an employer can be dually cited, along with staffing agencies or contractors, with penalties of up to $145,000 (OSHA) or $291,000 (MSHA) per violation. Injuries impacting third-party workers--temps, independent contractors, and day laborers--can also trigger tort liability against the host employer or general contractor in the millions of dollars. This session will provide the most current guidance from OSHA/MSHA on their independent contractor protection initiatives and enforcement programs. This course will offer tips on ways to protect everyone at the worksite, coordinate safety programs, improve safety culture, manage compliance, and mitigate liability.



Adele L. Abrams, Esq., ASP, CMSP

Adele L. Abrams, Esq., ASP, CMSP

Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C.

  • President, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC
  • Represents employers in OSHA and MSHA matters nationwide
  • National speaker on occupational safety and employment law issues
  • Co-author of multiple textbooks on OHS, including several published by ASSP
  • Regular columnist for multiple publications on OHS and employment law issues
  • Avetta Fellow and CEO of Chesapeake Region Safety Council
  • Memberships include NSC, ASSP, and ABA
  • Recipient of the National Safety Council’s DSSA Award
  • J.D. degree, George Washington University; B.S. degree, University of Maryland College Park
  • Can be contacted at [email protected], 301-613-7498, or

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