(1) For purposes of this section: (a) The term “hazardous materials” shall have the same meaning as provided in s. 768.128(1)(a). (b) The term “pollutants” shall have the same meaning as provided in s. 376.031.
(c) The term “contractor” means any person or firm having a contract for rendering services to the department relating to the construction or maintenance of a transportation facility; the term does not include persons or firms performing hazardous material or pollutant response, containment, disposal, or cleanup services.
(2) The department may agree to hold harmless and indemnify a contractor for damages when the contractor discovers or encounters hazardous materials or pollutants during the performance of services for the department when the presence of such materials or pollutants was unknown or not reasonably discoverable. Such indemnification agreements shall only be effective if the contractor immediately stops work and notifies the department of the hazardous material or pollutant problem.
(3) Such an indemnification agreement may not indemnify the contractor for damages resulting from any willful, wanton, or intentional conduct of the contractor.