COVID-19 AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Best Practices for Hurricane Response and Recovery Operations

As of the time of this writing, the National Hurricane Center is tracking at least five disturbances in the Atlantic and Caribbean, including Tropical Depression Omar and Tropical Storm Nana. This is coming not even a few weeks after Hurricane Laura devastated parts of Louisiana and Texas as the tenth hurricane on record to make […]

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How to Hold an Effective Safety Stand-Down

The week of September 14-18, 2020, marks the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) 7th Annual Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls. This event is designed to bring awareness to the growing number of fatalities caused by falls from elevation in the construction industry. In 2018 alone, 320 out of the 1,008 construction-related fatalities were caused […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Nail Gun Safety

A nail gun is a type of power tool used every day on construction sites across the United States of America in place of traditional hammers. Nail guns are preferred over traditional hammers because they’re powerful, easy to operate, and boost productivity on jobsites. Unfortunately, they also cause tens of thousands of painful injuries each […]

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Risks of Not Hiring an OSHA Defense Lawyer

Any time you get an OSHA citation, you have the option of challenging that citation. It’s not uncommon for construction companies to challenge citations since the penalties can be expensive, and you may feel that a citation you were issued is unfair. No matter the reason why you would challenge the citation, you have the […]

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Colorado COVID-19 Guidelines for Roofers

By Attorney Ryan Markham The COVID-19 pandemic has many Colorado roofers wondering what they must do to ensure they are complying with all State, County, and Federal COVID regulations.  The following will provide you with a summary of applicable standards and regulations for your roofing business as well as discussion of best practices and ways […]

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How to Appeal an OSHA Violation

Every construction company and construction project is subject to OSHA regulations, and OSHA will conduct inspections to make sure that those regulations are adhered to. The intent is to make construction work safer for everyone involved. That is why an OSHA violation is a serious problem. It could impact your company in multiple ways, including […]

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Impact of OSHA Violations on Upcoming Construction Projects

Receiving an OSHA violation can have a significant impact on your current and upcoming construction projects. This can hurt your business if you do not appeal the violation to have it removed from your business’s record. In this brief article, we’ll outline some of the impacts that an OSHA violation can have on your upcoming […]

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4 Tips to Appeal OSHA Citations

OSHA violations can lead to significant fines that negatively impact your construction company’s cash reserves. Fortunately, it is possible to appeal OSHA citations to have violations reversed or to reduce the penalty. In this brief editorial, we’ll provide some tips on appealing an OSHA citation. For a legal advocate who is well-versed in OSHA law […]

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What We Can Learn From OSHA’s Largest Fines of Q2 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continues to crack down on contractors exposing their workers to potentially dangerous work environments. While OSHA may presently be prioritizing COVID-19-related inspections, it’s important to note that this prioritization is accompanied by an increase of in-person […]

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Construction Firms Faced With Coronavirus-Related OSHA Citations & Stop Work Orders

As of May 26th, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt reported that there were 1,364 COVID-19 whistleblower complaints filed. Of those thousands of complaints, only one COVID-19 enforcement action had been issued. Either due to the backlash from failing to use their available tools to combat this pandemic or due to […]

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