It was a moderately busy week in terms of the number of OSHA inspections occurring in Virginia. VOSH focused its attention on construction sites, general manufacturing, lumber-related industries, and refrigerated warehousing. During the period beginning Friday, December 5 and ending Thursday, December 11, 2014, the Department of Labor reported thirty-three (33) OSHA inspections taking place […]

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It was a moderately busy week in terms of the number of OSHA inspections occurring in
Virginia. VOSH focused its attention on construction sites, general manufacturing, lumber-related industries, and
refrigerated warehousing. During the period beginning Friday, December 5 and
ending Thursday, December 11, 2014, the Department of Labor reported thirty-three (33)
OSHA inspections taking place in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with zero (0) inspections
originating from the Norfolk office, and thirty-three (33) originating in other offices.
17 of the 33 reported inspections related to construction, in both the residential and
commercial settings.

The general industry employers inspected included the following types of worksites:

beer wholesaler
clothing store
logging
mattress manufacturer
moving service
organic fiber manufacturer
pallet manufacturer
public opinion polling provider
refrigerated warehouses
sawmill
security services
structural metal manufacturer
testing laboratory

OSHA (or its state equivalent, in this case, VOSH) may inspect a worksite under various
sources of authority, including inspections conducted as the result of a complaint-
generally lodged by an employee who reports purportedly unsafe working conditions to
OSHA; as the result of a referral- generally from the media due to reports of an
incident (e.g, accident involving injuries) taking place at the worksite; or as part of
a local, regional, or national emphasis program (CHEMNEP, fall protection, etc);
these inspections take place because the employer appears on a list created by
OSHA relating to an emphasis program it has undertaken.

This week the Department of Labor reported the following inspections in Virginia:

Total inspections: 33

Source of Authority:

Complaint Based: 3
Programmed/Planned: 21
Referral Based: 3
Follow-up: 2
Other: 4

Municipality:

Altavista- 1; Ashburn- 1; Berryville- 1; Chesapeake- 2; Hampton- 1; Henrico- 1; Hiltons- 2;
Mechanicsville- 3; Portsmouth- 1; Lyndhurst- 1; Narrows- 5; Newport News- 1; Richmond- 6;
Roanoke- 1; Springfield- 1; Winchester- 1; Virginia Beach- 4

Scope of Inspection:

Partial: 16
Comprehensive/Complete: 15
Other: 2

Nature of Inspection:

Construction: 17
General Industry: 16
Unspecified: 0

Please note that not all OSHA inspections are reported on OSHA‚ inspection database
website. If your worksite is inspected, feel free to contact our firm with any
questions you may have regarding the OSHA citation defense process. OSHA will
issue citations from any given inspection within six (6) months from the beginning of
the inspection. In federal OSHA plan states and Virginia, you only have 15 working days
to contest the citation, including the proposed penalties and abatement periods set forth
therein, from once it is received. If you participate in an informal settlement conference,
this participation may not toll the time in which you must issue a notice of contest.
If a timely notice of contest is not provided, you may lose your right to contest the
proposed citations, including the attendant penalties and abatement periods. Once your
notice of contest is received, OSHA or its state-plan equivalent will initiate the prosecution
of the proposed OSHA citations by filing a complaint against your company.

Source: www.osha.gov

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