Each week, www.oshalawfirm.com will keep you informed regarding OSHA inspection activity in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We welcome you to visit our site to learn if OSHA is active in your area of the state. In order to be prepared for an OSHA inspection, it is important to learn what types of OSHA inspections are […]

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Each week, www.oshalawfirm.com will keep you informed regarding OSHA inspection activity in the
Commonwealth of Virginia. We welcome you to visit our site to learn if OSHA is active in your
area of the state. In order to be prepared for an OSHA inspection, it is important to learn what
types of OSHA inspections are taking place in your area.

It was a moderately light week in terms of the number of OSHA inspections occurring in
Virginia. VOSH focused its attention on construction worksites in Richmond and the Tidewater
area, and also conducted several inspections of landscapers and nursing home facilities.
During the week beginning Friday, November 7 and ending Thursday, November 13, 2014,
the Department of Labor reported twenty-three (23) OSHA inspections taking place in
the Commonwealth of Virginia, with zero (0) inspections originating from the Norfolk
office, and twenty-three (23) originating in other offices. 15 of the 23 reported
inspections related to construction, in both the residential and commercial settings.
The general industry workplaces inspected included the following types of worksites:

janitorial services
landscapers
nursing home facilities
rolled steel shape manufacturing
tree trimming service

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: 23

Source of Authority:

Complaint Based: 3
Programmed/Planned: 17
Referral Based: 0
Follow-up: 0
Other: 3

Municipality:

Arlington- 2; Charlottesville- 1; Chesapeake- 1; Colonial Heights- 1; Goochland- 2; Hampton- 1;
Hardy- 1; Henrico- 4; Norfolk- 2; Richmond- 2; Suffolk- 1; Troutdale- 1; Virginia Beach- 4

Scope of Inspection:

Partial: 19
Comprehensive/Complete: 2
Other: 2

Nature of Inspection:

Construction: 15
General Industry: 8

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 beginnizng 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.

Previous Virginia Weekly OSHA Inspection Reports:

Weekly Virginia OSHA Inspection Report; Friday, October 31- Thursday, November 6, 2014

Source: www.osha.gov

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