The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency responsible for ensuring employers provide a safe working environment for their workers. To reduce workplace injuries and fatalities and promote compliance with the relevant standards, OSHA conducts thousands of routine inspections each year. Unfortunately, even if your company is familiar with the appropriate OSHA standards, you can still be caught off guard by surprise inspections, citations, and subsequent penalties for workplace violations.
If you have recently been issued a citation by OSHA, an attorney from our Dallas OSHA defense law firm can help you dispute the citation, guard your firm against workplace liabilities, and prevent extensive project delays.
How a Dallas Contractor Lawyer Protects Your Company
Cotney Law has extensive experience in all areas of OSHA policy and procedure, and we regularly advise, represent, and defend construction professionals across America against OSHA citations and complaints. No matter the nature of your OSHA-related issue, a Dallas contractor lawyer from our firm can provide you with sound legal advice to resolve the issue. Prior to an inspection, we will compile all the necessary company records, prepare you and your workforce for what to expect, and identify any potential hazards to address. We will also represent your business during the inspection process.
Defense Against Wrongful Citations
In the event that your business has already been issued a citation, we can provide you with the necessary legal advice to reduce or eliminate costly fines and damage to your company’s reputation. As an employer, you have two options ahead of you following a citation. You can either agree to the citation and notification of penalty and take the necessary actions to satisfy any conditions or fines or contest the citation, proposed penalty, and/or abatement date. In either circumstance, it’s important to post the citation or a copy of the citation at or near the place where the violation occurred for three working days or until the violation is corrected to alert employees of the hazard and avoid additional penalties.
Generally speaking, an attorney from our Dallas OSHA defense law firm can help you can contest a citation either by submitting a Notice of Intent to Contest to the OSHA area office in writing within 15 days of receiving the citation or by requesting an informal conference with the OSHA area director to enter into an informal settlement agreement. Should you submit a Notice of Intent to Contest, your case will be forwarded to the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC), where you will have the opportunity to present your case in a hearing. No matter which route you decide to venture down, it is best to have an attorney by your side who can examine your case and determine how your company should proceed at every stage of an OSHA citation.
If you would like to speak with a Dallas contractor lawyer, please contact us today.
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.