Cole Schotz P.C.

 

OSHA Compliance

OVERVIEW

Our Construction Services department counsels owners and contractors on OSHA issues unique to developers and contractors, and on compliance with OSHA’s safety and health regulations for the construction industry, 29 C.F.R. 1926. These regulations govern the use of personal protection equipment, material handling, welding and cutting, electrical safety, scaffolding, fall protection, crane safety, trench excavations and the use and handling of hazardous substances.

We also understand the vulnerability of general contractors under OSHA’s multi-employer policy, which allows OSHA to require that employers correct a hazard even though that employer does not have any employees exposed. We routinely counsel general contractor clients on how they can protect themselves from such exposure.

We advise our owner and contractor clients on how to take steps to protect their employees and thereby minimize the chances of an OSHA inspection, and also advise clients during and after an OSHA inspection. Our services include:

Pre-Inspection Counseling

  • Coordinating safety and health audits
  • Assisting clients in setting up safety and health programs, including required training program
  • Advising employers on establishing and maintaining required recordkeeping under OSHA’s regulations

During Inspection Counseling

  • Advising employers of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • Advising employers on how to respond to requests for certain information made by OSHA during or after an inspection
  • Advising clients on employees’ rights during an OSHA inspection

After Inspection Counseling

  • Assisting employers in correcting alleged violations identified during an OSHA inspection
  • Attending OSHA informal settlement conference to resolve any outstanding citations
  • Preparing and review settlement documents on behalf of employers
  • Representing clients in contesting citations to the Occupational Safety and Health Review