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 part 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
part 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 two-week period in terms of the number of OSHA inspections occurring in
Virginia. VOSH recently focused its attention on landfills, general manufacturing employers, and
construction sites in the Tidewater. During the period beginning Friday, November 14 and
ending Wednesday, November 26, 2014, the Department of Labor reported thirty-eight (38)
OSHA inspections taking place in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with five (5) inspections
originating from the Norfolk office, and thirty-three (33) originating in other offices.
19 of the 38 reported inspections related to construction, in both the residential and
commercial settings.

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

automotive repair
car dealer
farm equipment manufacturing
grocery store
higher education facility
home health care services
janitorial services
landfills
medical office
motor repair
winery
wood building manufacturing
YMCA

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.

During these weeks the Department of Labor reported the following inspections in Virginia:

Total inspections: 38

Source of Authority:

Complaint Based: 4
Programmed/Planned: 25
Referral Based: 1
Follow-up: 0
Other: 8

Municipality:

Alexandria- 2; Ashland- 2; Beaverdam- 1; Chesapeake- 2; Dayton- 1; Doswell- 1; Dublin- 1;
Edinburg- 1; Forest- 3; Galax- 1; Henrico- 2; Hillsville- 1; Lexington- 1; Linden- 1;
Lynchburg- 1; Manakin Sabot- 1; Martinsville- 1; Mechanicsville- 1; Montpelier- 1;
Norfolk- 3; Radford- 1; Roanoke- 1; Springfield- 1; Suffolk- 2; Virginia Beach- 5

Scope of Inspection:

Partial: 27
Comprehensive/Complete: 10
Other: 1

Nature of Inspection:

Construction: 19
General Industry: 18
Unspecified: 1

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.

Previous Virginia Weekly OSHA Inspection Reports:

Weekly Virginia OSHA Inspection Report; Friday, November 7, 2014- Thursday, November 13, 2014

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

Source: www.osha.gov

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