The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is intended to provide employees with a safe environment to work in. Construction sites are inherently dangerous due to the amount of activity, equipment, and hazardous materials present. All of those factors make the construction industry a prime interest of OSHA.
Contact a Colorado Springs OSHA Defense Lawyer
If you’re due for an OSHA inspection or have received an OSHA citation, you can benefit from the guidance of an experienced Colorado Springs OSHA defense lawyer from Cotney Construction Law. Failure to comply with OSHA standards can trigger citations and fines.
Preventing OSHA Issues
Having a construction attorney on your side before OSHA visits is a prudent idea. Help with preparation and preventing citations is invaluable for the reputation of your business and the safety of your workforce.
There are several ways to prevent OSHA violations including:
- Posting necessary safety signage
- Conducting safety audits
- Providing employees with the proper training
- Keeping accurate records
- Addressing employees’ concerns
- Ensuring employees have the required personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Checking for common workplace hazards
- Responding to citations quickly
On the day of the inspection, you should prepare your employees so they know what to expect. You should also have your safety documentation ready. If the inspection was not scheduled and the OSHA inspector doesn’t have an inspection warrant, you have the right to have your lawyer present.
Got an OSHA Citation?
Even with all the employee training and preparation possible, your business may still be cited for a violation. In cases like this, it’s helpful to have a Colorado Springs OSHA attorney on your side. Filing a Notice of Contest is the first step in OSHA defense, but it has to be completed within 15 days of the citation. Our attorneys can also help you request a meeting with an OSHA area director, make OSHA provide proof of the reason for citation, and post the citation notice.
Let our skilled attorneys use their construction law knowledge to assist you in dealing with OSHA.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.