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  1. An OSHA Guide to Eye and Face Protection Part 4

    There are many things to consider when outfitting your team with personal protective equipment (PPE) for your next project. (more…)

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  2. An OSHA Guide to Eye and Face Protection Part 3

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) closely monitors the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) on construction sites nationwide. (more…)

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  3. An OSHA Guide to Eye and Face Protection Part 2

    It is important to establish a culture of safety in compliance on your project sites. Creating accountability and fostering self-interest in personal (more…)

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  4. An OSHA Guide to Eye and Face Protection Part 1

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to ensure that all workers are wearing the necessary (more…)

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  5. Award-Winning Construction Law Firm Opens Office in Charlotte, NC

    Lead Attorney Aims to Help Disadvantaged Businesses Grow

    CHARLOTTE, NC, JULY 2018 — Cotney Construction Law (CCL) is expanding its operations into North Carolina and has officially opened an office in Charlotte (more…)

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  6. Size Matters: What You Should Know About Megaprojects

    Megaprojects are large-scale construction projects that cost more than a billion dollars. These unique ventures are the product of ambitious and complex projects involving multiple public and private stakeholders. (more…)

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  7. OSHA Guidelines for Safe Excavation and Trenching Part 2

    Working underground poses many threats to the well being of your workers. Cave-ins, exposure to hazardous gases, and low levels of oxygen can result in unexpected injuries with severe consequences. (more…)

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  8. OSHA Guidelines for Safe Excavation and Trenching Part 1

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers excavation and trenching among the most hazardous operations in construction. (more…)

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  9. How Poor Roadway Infrastructure Can Lead to an OSHA Violation During Redevelopment

    When you enter a contract with the government to restore existing roadway infrastructure, it is important to consider the full breadth of existing conditions that could result in an OSHA violation. (more…)

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  10. Ways Technology Creates a Safer Workplace Part 2

    When we think of the word “technology,” we usually think of how these innovative applications help businesses with efficiency. Perhaps we don’t think enough of how technology helps companies provide safer workplaces. (more…)

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  11. Ways Technology Creates a Safer Workplace Part 1

    Any construction professional knows that the industry presents many health and safety risks. As contractors and business owners, it’s always important to take the right steps in order to ensure your workplace is safe. (more…)

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  12. The OSHA 300A Electronic Deadline is Quickly Approaching Part 2

    Whether there is a workplace injury, death, time missed from work, or a medical treatment was required beyond first aid, all of this information needs to be logged into a summary. (more…)

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  13. The OSHA 300A Electronic Deadline is Quickly Approaching Part 1

    As of January 1, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a new rule that requires that employers submit their completed 2017 OSHA Form 300A electronically. (more…)

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  14. What You Need To Know About Trench Safety

    Excavation and trenching are often required on construction sites to literally lay the groundwork for a project.Whether it’s creating a water system, gas mains, or telephone lines, by creating trenches, the project can have the necessary underground infrastructure installed. Although trenches are vital to a project, they are also a significant hazard as well. (more…)

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  15. Three Ways to Reduce Injuries in the Workplace

    Thousands of American workers are injured at the workplace annually. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets strict safety guidelines to protect American workers, falls, hazard communication, and scaffolding are among the most common violations that occur resulting in preventable accidents. (more…)

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  16. Staying Aware of Struck-By Hazards on the Jobsite

    According to OSHA.gov, in 2016, almost 4700 workers died due to a work-related accident. Of those workers, approximately 21 percent were in the construction industry. (more…)

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  17. Florida Companies Experience Severe OSHA Penalties in Early 2018

    If you are a construction professional then you know there is always a chance that your worksite may be susceptible to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation. (more…)

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  18. Workplace Violence and the Construction Industry Part 4

    Millions of lives are affected every year by workplace violence. As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website states, “homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States.” (more…)

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  19. Workplace Violence and the Construction Industry Part 3

    Construction projects can be stressful. There are many moving parts to complete an assignment on time and many people that must work together to complete these tasks. (more…)

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  20. Workplace Violence and the Construction Industry Part 2

    As we discussed in the first section of this four-part article, eliminating the elements that can lead to workplace violence can be challenging for an employer. (more…)

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  21. Workplace Violence and the Construction Industry Part 1

    Approximately two million Americans report workplace violence annually. Unfortunately, there are many other cases that go unreported as well. If an incident of violence transpires at a construction site, employers may be held liable. (more…)

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  22. What You Need to Know About OSHA’s New Tree Care Publication

    On any given day, you can look up into the sky and see one of the many tree care professionals that work across this country. (more…)

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  23. Effective Ways to Communicate Health and Safety Requirements Part 3

    Workplace accidents happen all the time, regardless of the industry. Employers are tasked with ensuring their workplace is free of known hazards and making sure that employees get home safely. (more…)

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  24. Effective Ways to Communicate Health and Safety Requirements Part 2

    Our Florida OSHA defense attorneys understand the importance of educating employees on general health and safety requirements, as well as those regarding workers’ specific industries. (more…)

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  25. Effective Ways to Communicate Health and Safety Requirements Part 1

    Every person has the right to work in an environment that is safe and free of known hazards. This is a federal requirement for employers. There are effective ways to ensure that employees are protected and informed. (more…)

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  26. The Most Cited Safety Violations on Tennessee Construction Worksites

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed specific safety standards by which workplaces must adhere. (more…)

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  27. Can an Employer be Cited If an Employee Violated the Safety Policy? Part 2

    Accidents are an unfortunate part of working in construction. There can be a lot of stress and panic surrounding the accident itself—the more severe, the higher the stakes. (more…)

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  28. Can an Employer be Cited If an Employee Violated the Safety Policy? Part 1

    Imagine these scenarios: An employee falls 15 feet off a building or a worker sustains a head injury but was not wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE). (more…)

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  29. 3 Ways to Be Proactive About Fall Protection

    From year to year, the top 10 most cited violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rarely change with the exception of a slight change in order. (more…)

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  30. Preventing Substance Abuse in the Workplace Part 4

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans on having more inspections this year than ever before. (more…)

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  31. Preventing Substance Abuse in the Workplace Part 3

    If you are concerned with the safety and wellness of your workplace and desire to limit and prevent workplace injuries or excessive citation fees (more…)

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  32. Preventing Substance Abuse in the Workplace Part 2

    Contractors may not be aware of the concerning epidemic pertaining to substance abuse in the workplace. (more…)

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  33. Preventing Substance Abuse in the Workplace Part 1

    When you think of workplace health and safety, potential drug and alcohol abuse by employees may not be the first thing on a contractor’s mind. (more…)

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  34. Construction Workplace Injuries Decrease in 2016

    As we close out the calendar year of 2017, let’s take a look back at important statistics that were recently released… (more…)

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  35. Logical Tips to Prevent Safety Citations Part 3

    Practical steps you can take to avoid citations do not stop at just the worksite and with the workers present. In our three-part series, we first discussed the worksite location and ways to logically avoid citations. (more…)

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  36. Logical Tips to Prevent Safety Citations Part 2

    There is a reason why we all know the phrase “safety first.” It’s because when we fail to practice the best safety precaution procedures, we are susceptible to accidents happening. (more…)

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  37. Logical Tips to Prevent Safety Citations Part 1

    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are over one million work-related injuries and illnesses that occur every year. Unfortunately, the construction industry is among the industry leaders in worksite injuries and fatalities. (more…)

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  38. The Importance of Safety Data Sheets for Hazard Standards

    On the worksite, chemical safety information is king. It is critical that all employees know how to safely work with, transport, or clean any chemicals they come in contact with on the jobsite. (more…)

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  39. The Dangers of Chemical Spills

    Working in a chemical plant exposes employees to numerous hazards—chemical spills are among those hazards. The level of danger a chemical spill creates depends on a variety of factors including the type of substance, where and on what surface the spill occurred, and how much ventilation is in the area. (more…)

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  40. Unsafe Conditions and Acts That Lead to Roofing Accidents Part 2

    All roofing workers should feel confident that their workplace is secure from hazards. If employers and employees alike are not vigilant about mitigating unsafe conditions and acts, the consequence of these accidents can be life-altering. (more…)

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  41. Unsafe Conditions and Acts That Lead to Roofing Accidents Part 1

    It is unfortunate that thousands of hardworking roofing professionals are injured or killed on job sites each year. Roofers are subjected to broken bones, back injuries, heat-related injuries, and repetitive motion injuries. (more…)

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  42. Ongoing Housekeeping Tips to Stay OSHA Compliant Part 2

    Every year workplace injuries affect employers alike in the form of pain, extra costs, and time away from work. An OSHA inspector or safety consultant would probably get a good idea about your safety and health practices upon their first entrance into your facility. (more…)

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  43. Ongoing Housekeeping Tips to Stay OSHA Compliant Part 1

    At Cotney Construction Law, we represent clients who have experienced OSHA violations which include serious, repeat, and willful. Maintaining workplace safety and compliance extends to industries such as industrial workplaces, factories, manufacturing plants, and warehouses. (more…)

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  44. Trent Cotney P.A. Construction Law Group to Speak at the National Safety Council

    Leading law team presents with Barry Noll of the U.S. Department of the Interior

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  45. Trent Cotney P.A. Construction Law Group Offers Hurricane Support Legal Help Line

    Tampa, FL, September 20, 2017 – Trent Cotney P.A. Construction Law Group, a leading national law firm for construction, specialty trades and OSHA law, (more…)

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  46. Why Unsafe Acts Happen in the Workplace

    Thousands of injuries occur in workplaces across the country every year. Whenever a worker punches in for the day at the construction site, a warehouse, or factory, they are at risk for an accident. (more…)

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  47. Viable Defenses for OSHA Citations

    It’s enough that you received an unannounced visit from an OSHA inspector. What’s worse is when, a short time later, you received a letter confirming the violations that were mentioned in your closing conference. (more…)

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  48. 12 Unsafe Acts That Lead to Job Site Accidents Part 2

    Recognizing the acts that lead to workplace accidents is one of the most important ways to mitigate risks and to keep everyone safe. It’s also a way to decrease the occurrence of an OSHA citation. If you are currently facing an OSHA claim, do not hesitate to consult with a Tennessee OSHA defense lawyer.

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  49. 12 Unsafe Acts That Lead to Job Site Accidents Part 1

    If your company has invested the time and energy as well as countless dollars into implementing and training your teams on the proper safety procedures for your workplace, it can be frustrating when an accident happens despite the protocols you have in place. In this article and part two, we’ll take a look at 12 unsafe acts that happen on job sites.

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  50. What to Expect When OSHA Inspects

    It’s a typical day at the plant. Workers are plugging along on a variety of tasks. You are overseeing their progress and preparing reports for senior management. (more…)

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  51. 6 Tips for Handling an OSHA Citation Part 2

    An OSHA inspector has paid a visit to your jobsite. Despite your pleasant demeanor and, perhaps, the presence of a Texas OSHA attorney, you receive a citation. (more…)

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  52. 6 Tips for Handling an OSHA Citation Part 1

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) uses education and enforcement to promote safe work environments for employees throughout the United States. (more…)

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  53. 10 Safety Violations That Occur the Most in Workplaces Across the Country

    After inspecting numerous workplaces across the United States, each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a list identifying the 10 most cited violations encountered during inspections. Strikingly, these violations change little from year to year. Employers are admonished to scrutinize them more diligently in order to identify and fix them in their own workplaces to prevent unnecessary injuries, illnesses, and death. Below, our Alabama OSHA attorneys will discuss these violations, how to avoid them, and the repercussions for noncompliance.

    The 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Violations

    Although workplaces are much safer today than in the past, according to OSHA, more than 4,500 employees are killed on the job annually. The following standards are the most cited by federal OSHA inspectors.

    • Fall protection
    • Hazard communication
    • Scaffolding
    • Respiratory protection
    • Lockout/Tagout
    • Powered industrial trucks
    • Ladders
    • Machine guarding
    • Electrical wiring
    • Electrical/general requirements

    The Repercussions of Noncompliance

    Employers must always anticipate potential risks and be proactive when it comes to safety. Employers that do not heed OSHA safety and health standards place themselves at risk for employee reporting which leads to potential inspections and citations. If an employee becomes injured, they have the right to file a complaint and potentially recover damages. An Alabama OSHA defense attorney can assist employers with OSHA compliance to make their workplaces much safer.

    How to Avoid OSHA Violations

    Companies can avoid OSHA violations by establishing a workplace safety program. In particular, OSHA health and safety programs provide the blueprint for best workplace safety practices. The goal of these programs is to prevent injuries, illnesses, and deaths in the workplace along with the accompanying stress and financial hardship of these events. The benefits of safety and health programs include:

    • Prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses
    • A reduction in costs
    • More engaged workers
    • Increased productivity
    • More efficient business operations
    • Increased compliance with safety laws and regulations
    • Strengthening and achieving social responsibility goals

    For small and medium-sized businesses that need additional guidance on implementing workplace health and safety programs, OSHA offers free on-site consultations in states across the country.

    If you would like to speak with an experienced Alabama OSHA attorney, please contact us at 1-866-303-5868, or submit our contact request form.

    Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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  54. Trent Cotney Donates a Scholarship to WSRCA Davis Memorial Foundation

    As a part of their continued commitment to the advancement of the construction industry, Cotney Construction Law announces that founder and president Trent Cotney has donated a scholarship to the WSRCA Davis Memorial Foundation. (more…)

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  55. OSHA Defense for The Construction Industry – Barnes & Noble Book Signing

    Thank you to everyone who came out last weekend for the book signing at Barnes & Noble! We appreciate your support. (more…)

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  56. Cotney Construction Law Announces Grand Opening of Tallahassee Office

    Cotney Construction Law is pleased to announce the opening of its new office in Tallahassee with Anthony D. Tilton serving as the resident attorney. (more…)

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  57. Attorney Hilary Morgan Selected for ABC’s NexGen Leadership Program

    Cotney Construction Law is pleased to announce that attorney Hilary Morgan was selected this week for the 2017 Class of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.’s (more…)

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  58. Trent Cotney Awarded as 2016 ICFM 500 Leading Lawyer

    The ICFM 500 is the definitive list of the top 500 lawyers, barristers, and solicitors from across the globe. The magazine has researched and recognized the very best in terms of qualification, customer service, depth of knowledge, and continued good practice.

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