292.675. 1. As used in this section, the following terms shall mean:
(1) "Construction", construction, reconstruction, demolition, painting and decorating, or major repair;
(2) "Contractor", any person entering into a contract with a public body for construction of public works which employs on-site employees for purposes of completion of the contract;
(3) "Department", the department of labor and industrial relations;
(4) "On-site employee", laborers, workmen, drivers, equipment operators, and craftsmen employed by contractors and subcontractors to be directly engaged in construction at the site of the public works. "Directly engaged in construction" shall mean work performed in the actual erection of the structure or completion of the improvement constituting the public works. In addition, employees working at a nearby or adjacent facility used by the contractor or subcontractor for construction of the public works shall be deemed on-site employees. Persons engaged solely in the transportation of materials, fuel, or equipment to the site of the public works shall not be deemed to be directly engaged in construction;
(5) "Person", any natural person, joint venture, partnership, corporation, or other business or legal entity;
(6) "Public body", the state of Missouri or any officer, official, authority, board or commission of the state, or other political subdivision thereof, or any institution supported in whole or in part by public funds;
(7) "Public works", all fixed works constructed for public use or benefit or paid for wholly or in part out of public funds. "Public works" includes any work done directly by any public utility company when performed by it pursuant to the order of the public service commission or other public authority whether or not it be done under public supervision or direction or paid for wholly or in part out of public funds when let to contract by said utility;
(8) "Subcontractor", any person entering into a subcontract with a contractor for construction of public works which employs on-site employees for purposes of completion of the contract.
2. Any contractor for any public body for purposes of construction of public works and any subcontractor to such contractor shall provide a ten-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction safety program for their on-site employees which includes a course in construction safety and health approved by OSHA or a similar program approved by the department which is at least as stringent as an approved OSHA program, unless such employees have previously completed the required program. All employees who have not previously completed the program are required to complete the program within sixty days of beginning work on such construction project.
3. Any employee found on a work site subject to this section without documentation of the successful completion of the course required under subsection 2 of this section shall be afforded twenty days to produce such documentation before being subject to removal from the project.
4. The public body shall specify the requirements of this section in the resolution or ordinance and in the call for bids for the contract. The contractor to whom the contract is awarded and any subcontractor under such contractor shall require all on-site employees to complete the ten-hour training program required under subsection 2 of this section or such employees must hold documentation of prior completion of the program. The public body awarding the contract shall include this requirement in the contract. The contractor shall forfeit as a penalty to the public body on whose behalf the contract is made or awarded, two thousand five hundred dollars plus one hundred dollars for each employee employed by the contractor or subcontractor, for each calendar day, or portion thereof, such employee is employed without the required training. The penalty shall not begin to accrue until the time period in subsections 2 and 3 of this section have elapsed. The public body awarding the contract shall include notice of these penalties in the contract. The public body awarding the contract shall withhold and retain therefrom all sums and amounts due and owing as a result of any violation of this section when making payments to the contractor under the contract. The contractor may withhold from any subcontractor sufficient sums to cover any penalties the public body has withheld from the contractor resulting from the subcontractor's failure to comply with the terms of this section. If the payment has been made to the subcontractor without withholding, the contractor may recover the amount of the penalty resulting from the fault of the subcontractor in an action maintained in the circuit court in the county in which the public works project is located from the subcontractor.
5. In determining whether a violation of this section has occurred, and whether the penalty under subsection 4 of this section shall be imposed, the department shall investigate any claim of violation. Upon completing such investigation, the department shall notify the public body and any party found to be in violation of this section of its findings and whether a penalty shall be assessed. Determinations under this section may be appealed in the circuit court in the county in which the public works project is located.
6. If the contractor or subcontractor fails to pay the penalty within forty-five days following notification by the department, the department shall pursue an enforcement action to enforce the monetary penalty provisions of subsection 4 of this section against the contractor or subcontractor found to be in violation of this section. If the court orders payment of the penalties as prescribed under subsection 4 of this section, the department shall be entitled to recover its actual cost of enforcement in addition to such penalty amount.
7. The department may establish rules and regulations for the purpose of implementing the provisions of this section. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2008, shall be invalid and void.
8. This section shall not apply to work performed by public utilities which are under the jurisdiction of the public service commission, or their contractors, or work performed at or on facilities owned or operated by said public utilities.
9. The provisions of this section shall not apply to rail grade crossing improvement projects where there exists a signed agreement between the railroad and the Missouri department of transportation or an order issued by the department of transportation ordering such construction.
10. This section shall take effect on August 28, 2009.
(L. 2008 H.B. 1549, et al., A.L. 2009 H.B. 390)
*This section contained an emergency clause, which makes the amendments effective upon the governor's signature on 7-07-09; however, subsection 10 mandates an effective date of 8-28-09.
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