COVID-19 AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Five Elements of Lightning Safety Contractors Must Understand

1. Lightning is a Regulated Hazard Lightning strikes can severely injure or kill workers whose jobs involve working outdoors.  Employees working in the construction industry are uniquely susceptible to lightning hazards due to the industry’s outdoor working conditions. This is especially true for roofing contractors’ employees who are required to work on elevated surfaces which […]

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Oregon OSHA Reports Sharp Rise in Workplace Complaints Following Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

On March 23, Gov. Kate Brown issued a statewide stay-at-home order requiring residents to remain home and for nonessential businesses to close. The construction industry was excluded from this order. Oregon OSHA received over one thousand COVID-19-related complaints over the course of the next week — more than the total number of complaints they receive […]

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OSHA on Isolating Workers Who Show Symptoms of COVID-19

For the time being, construction companies remain essential businesses throughout the state of Florida. In addition to countless other legal considerations, contractors must now contend with the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Believed to be spread by close proximity with an infected individual, COVID-19 has many construction crews alarmed at the sound of a […]

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What You Need to Know About Oregon OSHA

22 states or territories, including Oregon, have state plans approved and monitored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These state plans are “safety and health programs operated by individual states” in lieu of Federal OSHA and must be at least as effective (ALAE) as Federal OSHA requirements. State plans cover most private sector […]

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When to Contact an OSHA Defense Lawyer

When your construction jobsite is handling claims, inspections, or citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it’s time to contact an OSHA attorney. No matter if you’re a seasoned professional or new to the industry, you should contact an attorney before starting any construction project and maintain contact with them throughout the duration […]

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Why Hire OSHA Defense Lawyers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to protect employees from preventable injuries and deaths. Since its creation, thousands of lives have been saved. In fact, worker injuries and illnesses are down from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to 2.8 per 100 in 2017, and worker deaths in America are down […]

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Why an OSHA Defense Attorney is an Asset

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) performs thousands of inspections each year to ensure that construction companies are abiding by important safety regulations. Although your company may be familiar with OSHA standards, an OSHA defense attorney can still be an important asset to your company. For instance, an OSHA attorney can guide you through […]

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What OSHA Standards Apply to COVID-19?

At the time this article is being written, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tennessee has climbed to over 700 — not even a week after Nashville Mayor John Cooper declared a state of emergency for Metro Nashville and Davidson County. For many workers in the construction industry, COVID-19 has already struck […]

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7 Ways to Avoid OSHA Citations

OSHA citations can be costly for construction companies of all sizes. Some types of citations require the jobsite to shut down until you can resolve the safety concerns identified in the citation. In this editorial, a Charlotte construction lawyer gives you seven strategies for reducing your risk of receiving an OSHA citation so that your […]

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How OSHA Defense Attorneys Help with Common Workplace Incidents

Keeping your jobsite in compliance with regulations provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can prevent on-the-job injuries and fatalities. However, despite best efforts, both minor and major injuries can still occur. In fact, according to recent statistics, over 20 percent of work-related fatalities were in the construction industry — which means that, […]

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