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OSHA Update: New Year, New Direction?

Based on a significant shift in leadership, many are speculating on possible changes to OSHA’s practices enforcement  going into 2018.  Given the current administration’s reputation for opposing regulation, some believe that OSHA will start to favor compliance rather than enforcement.[1]  While there is not much documentary support for that thought, some clues to OSHA’s direction […]

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OSHA Directive CPL 02-00-098

Guidelines for Case File Documentation for use with Videotapes and Audiotapes OSHA has utilized cameras in their on-site inspections since 1998.  Job-site supervisors, as well as on-site laborers, should be aware of the policies and rules OSHA has in place regarding the use of video and audio recording equipment. It is best to be prepared […]

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Modifications to Required Contractual Disclosures

The legislature recently passed a modification to the Florida Homeowners’ Construction Recovery Fund provision which is required in construction contracts. The language was revised as follows: FLORIDA HOMEOWNERS’ CONSTRUCTION RECOVERY FUND PAYMENT, UP TO A LIMITED AMOUNT, MAY BE AVAILABLE FROM THE FLORIDA HOMEOWNERS’ CONSTRUCTION RECOVERY FUND IF YOU LOSE MONEY ON A PROJECT PERFORMED […]

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OSHA Hazardous Communications Enforcement

As many of you know, The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  OSHA set forth a variety of timelines for implementation which can be found here: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/effectivedates.html On June 1, 2016, employers are required to “Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program […]

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OSHA Interview Questions

Many contractors are  weary when OSHA comes to interview their employees.  Part of the concern is inevitably over the uncertainty of the process; however, there are some items that most contractors can expect.  The OSHA inspector will without hesitation ask your employee if they have been trained on fall protection.  The inspector will ask very […]

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OSHA VIOLATIONS AND THE WHISTLEBLOWER ACT

Employee statements can make or break your defenses against OSHA Citations. However, as an employer, the contractor is not entitled to review the employee statements under certain federal laws commonly known as the Whistleblower Act. Therefore, it is impossible to know exactly what facts the employee written statements contain. Notwithstanding this, it is always advisable […]

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Cotney Construction Law Receives Lawyers World Award

Cotney Construction Law is pleased to announce that they have received the Lawyers World OSHA Defense Law Firm of the Year – USA Award. Lawyers World is an internationally known publication that is committed to producing a definitive guide to the world’s leading law specialists. To win an award from Lawyers World, there are thousands […]

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Trent Cotney Speaks at the Best of Success Conference on OSHA

Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer, Trent Cotney of Cotney Construction Law in Tampa, Florida will speak at the national Best of Success Conference on September 23, 2014. He will be speaking on the OSHA inspection and citation process. For more information, please contact our office at (813) 579-3278.

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ABC and Safety Coalition Concerned with OSHA’s Proposed Crystalline Silica Rule

ABC and members of the newly formed Construction Industry Safety Coalition, a group of national construction industry trade associations, expressed concern over a proposal from OSHA addressing crystalline silica exposure in the construction industry. On Aug. 23, OSHA proposed drastically lowering the existing permissible exposure limit (PEL) for silica, prescribed control methods that contradict existing […]

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Trent Cotney Presents Seminar on OSHA Inspections and Citations

Trent Cotney of Cotney Construction Law in Tampa, Florida will be presenting a CILB contractor continuing education seminar entitled “OSHA Inspection and Citation Process” on April 23, 2013 for the Education Institute of Florida. The seminar is designed to inform and teach contractors and design professionals how to improve workplace safety programs; what to expect […]

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