The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government agency dedicated to maintaining worker safety across all industries in the United States. OSHA is an important agency within the United States Department of Labor (DOL) because their rules governing workplace safety are designed to prolong the health of our national workforce and reduce the number of work-related injuries and casualties afflicting our nation’s industries and economy.
OSHA is especially vigilant of the construction industry, committing substantial resources to ensure that project sites are following their rules and regulations. Unfortunately, this can be a detriment to contractors, who are often juggling so many different tasks that closely managing safety becomes nearly impossible. Fear not, as contractors do have options for not only improving project site safety but protecting themselves from potential OSHA violations as well. In this article, we will discuss how inspection representation from an Alabama OSHA lawyer can help contractors save money.
Preparation is Key
Preparing your project site for a potential OSHA inspection could save you from falling victim to a very costly OSHA citation. These recent fines illustrate this point all too well:
- OSHA fined a Pennsylvania contractor $208,560 for excavated-related violations.
- OSHA fined two contractors in Orlando a combined $157,792 in response to two worker deaths.
- OSHA fined two contractors in California a combined $65,300 after an operator was struck by a 1.2 ton steel beam.
An attorney can help ensure that your project site is prepared for an inspection by priming your workforce and performing a preliminary inspection to help highlight any potential areas of concern. When you partner with an Alabama OSHA defense attorney, you can avoid exorbitant fines like those mentioned above.
From the Law Office to the Project Site
Our Alabama OSHA lawyers, many of which have prior work experience in the construction industry, are intimately familiar with the ins and outs of the project site. When an OSHA inspector, otherwise referred to as a compliance safety and health officer, visits your project site, our attorneys can be there to provide you with knowledgeable representation to help you pass your inspection. An attorney can assist you by helping you protect proprietary information, guiding the OSHA inspector through the building tour, and even facilitating interviews. While most contractors don’t welcome inspections, there are steps they can take to control the outcome.
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.