All companies should strive to provide a safe, hazard-free environment for their employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) puts policies and guidance in place to promote that outcome. While the intent of most companies is to adhere to OSHA policies, business demands and the complexities of certain rules can make it difficult. However, the consequences of not being OSHA-compliant are dire. The OSHA inspectors are adept at finding violations on jobsites and unless you contest the fine, it can be costly. For “other than serious violations” the maximum penalty is $12,600. Penalties go up from there. This can add up quickly if you have multiple violations. When considering these numbers, it’s a wise choice to have a Tennessee OSHA lawyer on your side when engaging OSHA.
What OSHA Looks For During an Inspection
The best way to prepare for an OSHA inspection is to have a firm understanding of what OSHA looks for when they visit your jobsite. Each year, OSHA lists the most common citations issued to businesses. This list primarily focuses on the construction industry, but can apply to other industries as well. Citations were issued for violations involving:
- Fall protection
- Ladder use
- Scaffolding conditions
- Hazard communications
- Lockout/Tagout procedures
- Lack of machine guarding
- Respiratory protection
- Powered industrial truck
- Electrical violations and design
How the Tennessee OSHA Lawyers at Trent Cotney P.A. Can Help
At Trent Cotney, our Tennessee OSHA lawyers have extensive experience passionately defending the rights of our clients. We are experts in both OSHA policy and the inspection process. Our in-depth knowledge can help you prepare for an inspection. We can also guide you through the notice of intent to contest process, if necessary. We can gather evidence, assess the circumstance, and help you determine your best course of action.
If you would like to speak with one of our experienced Tennessee OSHA lawyers, 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.