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The law imposes a duty on general contractors to supervise their projects to ensure the safety of every worker on the job site, including subs and their employees. If your own employees are injured, you are responsible for their workers compensation claims, but if your sub or your sub's employee is injured because of your failure to supervise properly, you will be liable to them for negligence. This duty to supervise is nondelegable except in certain instances involving special skills. If you assign the task to someone else and they don't do it right, you can be liable for the consequences of their mistakes. Employees' workers compensation claims are limited to medical costs and some lost wages. But if a