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Is Your Construction Site Protected Against These Common Hazards? Part 5

Contractors that take shortcuts or rush to meet a deadline are risking the health and wellness of their workforce. Construction firms must always remind themselves that it’s their responsibility to conduct a risk assessment of their jobsite and to reduce or eliminate any potential risks. If hazards are overlooked, this will result in significant accidents, […]

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Is Your Construction Site Protected Against These Common Hazards? Part 4

Construction companies must familiarize themselves with common risks associated with construction work, so they can properly manage these issues. That’s why it’s important that contractors are not only aware of the risks associated with common construction site hazards, but that they also develop a strategy to mitigate or eliminate these safety and health concerns. In […]

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Is Your Construction Site Protected Against These Common Hazards? Part 3

Safety is always a primary concern for construction workers. In the first and second parts of this article, we discussed a few ways that contractors can ensure that their workplace remains safe. In this section, an OSHA attorney will discuss more common physical hazards located at the jobsite. Remember, for legal defense against OSHA, consult […]

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Is Your Construction Site Protected Against These Common Hazards? Part 2

In this five-part series, OSHA defense lawyers with Cotney Construction Law are discussing the most common hazards that impact construction sites. In the first part, we provided an overview of this series and also listed a few benefits of partnering with an experienced construction lawyer. In this part, we will focus on one of the […]

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Is Your Construction Site Protected Against These Common Hazards? Part 1

Naturally, when working long hours and performing dangerous tasks in a congested workplace, there are many safety concerns. When accidents happen, workers’ lives are endangered, insurance premiums raise, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations are issued. In this comprehensive five-part series, an OSHA attorney will discuss common workplace hazards and how contractors can […]

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The Challenge of Controlling Respirable Silica

Despite the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) attempts to enforce control measures related to worker exposure to respirable silica dust, construction professionals are still finding it difficult to protect themselves and bystanders from this dangerous substance. However, since OSHA currently has no plans to amend the silica rule that was revised as recently as […]

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Issuance of Citations for Reporting Procedures

Contractors are responsible for reporting occupational injury and illness under 29 CFR 1904.35. Essentially, this Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard details the processes employers are required to utilize when developing a “reasonable procedure” for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses. Additionally, it provides guidelines for the method in which this information is disseminated to […]

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Enforcement Units and the Enforcement Weighting System Part 3

In this three-part series, an OSHA attorney has been discussing Enforcement Units (EUs) and the Enforcement Weighting System (EWS) utilized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to grade inspections. In part one, we discussed the importance of contractors being prepared for their OSHA inspections while considering some of the flaws inherent to the […]

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Enforcement Units and the Enforcement Weighting System Part 2

In part one of this three-part series, our OSHA defense lawyers discussed the importance of contractors being prepared for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections and the flaws of the old enforcement system. As we mentioned, inspectors were discouraged to take on complex inspections due to an unbalanced weighting system. OSHA also believed that […]

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Enforcement Units and the Enforcement Weighting System Part 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) utilizes Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) to perform workplace inspections thus ensuring that employers are following all OSHA rules and regulations governing workplace safety. OSHA inspections are especially prevalent in the construction industry where workers are at a higher risk of being injured. As a response, OSHA […]

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