November 21, 2019

Strong mailroom procedures gives employer second chance to contest $70,000.00 in penalties and a willful citation.

Reliable mail handing procedures might save you from an untimely notice of contest. Every employer should create dependable mail routing procedures that ensure mail promptly reaches the appropriate decision-maker. Even with a steady track-record of timely-filed contests, you will want evidence that your internal mail procedures are such that employees losing the mail is a one-off unforeseeable error.
November 21, 2019

A violation here, a violation there, now OSHA can abate everywhere?

Employers operating many different establishments be advised: if OSHA shows a violation at one place, it might mean you have to abate everywhere.
November 15, 2019
Two construction workers pouring concrete

Reminder: OSHA’s Multi-Employer Doctrine Let’s It Cite You For Somebody Else’s Employee

It has long been OSHA’s position that employers may be cited for the safety and health of someone else’s employees. Here is what you should know.
November 8, 2019
Construction Worksite with equipment and concrete columns

More Intensive OSHA Investigations Are Coming: What OSHA’s New Weighting System Means For Workplace Safety and Health Inspections.

OSHA is now using a new Weighting System to gauge enforcement activity that will incentivize Area Offices to conduct more intensive investigations. Before, an Area Office might have been reluctant to undertake intensive, complex inspections because it would not have received enough “credit” within the agency and have been penalized for being ineffective. Now, Area Offices are rewarded for more complex inspections, and employers may well see an uptick in multi-CHSO, multi-day inspections.