Even if you are doing your utmost to protect your workers, it can be difficult to make sure everyone is complying with OSHA regulations at all times. Unfortunately, things can go awry no matter how well you run your company. When they do, it is critical to contact a Houston OSHA defense lawyer immediately.
How an OSHA Citation Works
The OSHA compliance safety and health officers who conducted the inspection of your facility or jobsite will provide you with an overview of any issues.
These violations are be categorized as:
- Failure to abate
If you do not immediately receive the official citation, do not assume you are home free. OSHA actually has a full six months after the inspection to send the citation, which will include a proposed penalty and deadline for correcting the issue(s) they found.
The good news is that if OSHA uncovered hazards during their inspection of your jobsite, you can use the time between this and receiving the paperwork to find a skilled Houston OSHA defense lawyer. Of course, it might not take OSHA the full six months, so immediate action is critical.
Your Attorney Will Defend You
Once you’ve contacted an attorney, they will start gathering the evidence necessary to contest the citation, penalty, or abatement period. They will also help you coordinate your meeting with the OSHA area director, during which they will present said evidence. Your lawyer will help you draft your official Notice of Contest, which must be sent within 15 days of the OSHA citation. Meeting this deadline is of the utmost importance since you otherwise lose your right to contest the citation.
The Notice of Contest is sent to the Area Director. The Area Director will relay the information to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, who will then make a decision on how to proceed with your case.
Skilled Houston OSHA Defense Lawyers
If the situation seems dire, the worst thing you can do is wait. Cotney represents clients facing even the most serious OSHA violations. This can include:
- Repeat violations
- Willful violations
- Violations linked to a fatality
Our expert team will work diligently to get your alleged violations solved. At Cotney, we’ve earned our strong reputation by helping countless construction professionals defend their reputation, business, and bottom line.
If you would like to speak with one of our Houston OSHA defense lawyers, please 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.