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 of the job.
Before starting a project
Contractors, project managers, engineers, and other construction professionals can benefit from contacting an OSHA attorney before starting a project. These attorneys are trained in OSHA regulations, including often overlooked regulations that can result in employee injuries or even deaths — not to mention potential costly citations for OSHA violations during an inspection.
You should also consult an OSHA defense lawyer before starting a job to ensure that all documentation that may be required for future inspections is prepared and readily available. If you’re a business owner, it is difficult to know what documentation is required, especially if your team was recently assembled. However, legal counsel can advise you of what is necessary long before an inspection ever occurs.
Maintaining contact during a project
During a project, OSHA lawyers will be a key contact should your jobsite experience an inspection. The attorney will discuss your rights and the rights of your employees in regard to OSHA complaints, staying in compliance, and reporting any serious injuries or accidents.
If an OSHA inspector arrives on your jobsite, it is important to contact your OSHA lawyer immediately. Your attorney has the right to be present for inspections and can discuss any citations that may be issued. Your attorney can also discuss how to contest wrongful citations and ensure that all deadlines to contest are met in a timely manner.
If anyone on your team experiences a serious injury, illness, or death, it is vital to notify an attorney immediately. Legal counsel can help ensure that the deadline to report these serious incidents is met, as some of the deadlines are mere hours after the incident. They can also walk you through documentation necessary for the investigation surrounding the incident.
Cotney Construction Law’s experienced attorneys will provide assistance with any and all of your OSHA needs. Not only do we advise our clients on legal matters, but we also advocate for clients involved in licensing complaints, OSHA citations, labor and safety violations, permitting issues, and stop-work orders. When OSHA comes knocking, be sure to speak with an OSHA defense lawyer for assistance.
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.