Preface: The Bureau of Worker’s Compensation is engaging the oil and gas industry to increase awareness about certain BWC requirements, programs and services applicable to employers working in the shale play of eastern Ohio. Along with the oil and gas activity, there are numerous ancillary services and supporting occupations impacted.
BWC is a conduit for economic development with the goal of minimizing confusion and affirming the agency’s service and assistance at any level. The BWC is eager to partner with any employer to ensure a positive and successful experience.
On that note, the BWC staff is grateful for the continued support and partnership to make this educational outreach successful.
This is the second in a series of articles the BWC will publish over the next few months illustrating our dedication to properly serve this growing sector of our economy.
Using contractors in Ohio?
Learn more about workers’ compensation liability.
Are you setting up operations in Ohio? Do you plan on using subcontractors for any of the work? If so, then you’ll want to read the following information from the BWC.
General contractor liability in Ohio
Many employers assume they can shield themselves from workers’ compensation liability by using subcontractor relationships rather than hiring employees. Maybe not, in Ohio.
Ohio law mandates that the workers’ compensation liability of any non-complying subcontractor is transferred to the general contractor.* To avoid assumption of liability, the BWC reminds you to ensure each subcontractor you use has valid Ohio workers’ compensation coverage. Doing so protects your company from unexpected claims and premium billings for subcontractors without coverage, and it’s the right thing to do for workers.
At BWC, we’re eager to partner with the oil and gas industry employers that are coming to our state. So, if you have questions about coverage or Ohio’s state-run, monopolistic system, we’re here to help.
Visit ohiobwc.com and click on the Oil and Gas Employers link on the home page. From there, you’ll find additional details about Ohio’s system and contact information for our business consultants.
When it comes to workers’ compensation coverage for your company and subcontractors, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
We’re here to help.