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Bradford T. Hammock

Washington, D.C. Region

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Bradford T. Hammock is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He focuses his practice in the safety and health area, and is co-leader of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group.

Mr. Hammock’s national practice focuses on all aspects of occupational safety and health law. In particular, Mr. Hammock provides invaluable assistance to employers in a preventive practice: (1) conducting full-scale safety and health compliance audits; (2) reviewing and revising corporate safety and health policies; and (3) conducting manager and supervisor training on employee safety and health. Mr. Hammock works closely with employers to help them understand and implement safety and health management systems.

In addition, he represents employers throughout OSHA rulemaking proceedings, including OSHA’s informal public hearings on proposed rules. Mr. Hammock also defends employers against OSHA enforcement actions. For an employer that is the target of an OSHA inspection, Mr. Hammock offers representation from the start of the inspection through settlement or litigation.

Mr. Hammock is a popular guest speaker and lecturer on OSHA issues. He has published numerous articles on occupational safety and health law and is the editor of the firm’s “OSHA Law Blog,” which provides insight and commentary on safety and health issues in the workplace.

While attending law school, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, and Associate Editor of The Labor Lawyer.

OSHA Experience

Mr. Hammock joined the firm in 2008 after serving for ten years as an OSHA attorney within the Department of Labor including, most recently, for more than three years as lead counsel for safety standards. As lead counsel, he managed ten attorneys who worked with OSHA on regulatory initiatives, compliance assistance, and enforcement policy. He had direct responsibility for more than 20 major OSHA regulatory initiatives, including rulemakings on personal protective equipment, confined spaces, and crane safety.

Before his promotion to lead counsel, Mr. Hammock worked as a regulatory attorney for OSHA, focusing on ergonomics. He was one of the lead attorneys during the development of the ergonomics standard in 2000 and had primary responsibility for the Department of Labor’s comprehensive approach to ergonomics in 2002. Mr. Hammock is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading experts on ergonomics. During his more than ten years representing OSHA, Mr. Hammock was promoted three times, received eight outstanding performance awards, and was recognized for the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award seven times.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Recognized by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for his “remarkable pro bono service to our neighbors in need”
  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll

Professional Associations and Activities

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Hope Rising, a non-profit charitable organization

Published Works

  • "Top Ten OSHA Developments Affecting Employers," Association of Corporate Counsel Website (April 2011) [Author]
  • "Concussions in Athletes: The La Salle University Settlement and Beyond," Sports Litigation Alert 6.24 (January 2010) [Co-Author]
  • "OSHA Law Blog," (May 2009) [Author]
  • "DOL Court Victories Eliminate Uncertainty over Two Important OSHA Policy Initiatives," Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin 9.4 (April 2009) [Co-Author]
  • "OSHA’s Diacetyl ANPR: A Leading Indicator of an Active OSHA Regulatory Agenda," Employment Law 360 (Feb 2009) [Author]
  • "OSHA's Recordkeeping National Emphasis Program - Are You Prepared?" Workforce Management (November 2007) [Author]

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August 3, 2016

Brad Hammock Discusses Increased Penalties for Workplace Safety Violations

August 3, 2016

Brad Hammock discusses “OSHA’s Steep Penalty Increases Take Effect,” published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 11, 2016
Law 360

Brad Hammock Comments on OSHA's New Rule

May 11, 2016

Brad Hammock comments on OSHA’s new rule that would make workplace injury data recorded by employers publicly accessible in “5 Employer Worries Raised by OSHA’s New Injury Rule,” published by Law 360. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

February 21, 2016
Safety and Health Magazine

Brad Hammock's Congressional Testimony Before House Subcommittee Highlighted

February 21, 2016

Brad Hammock's Congressional testimony before the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections was featured in "Washington Update: The same old debate," published by Safety and Health Magazine. Subcription may be required to view article   Read More

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September 27, 2016

Mine Roof Collapses Trigger Government Safety Alert

September 27, 2016

Following 10 incidents of roof collapses in July and August, the Mine Safety and Health Agency has issued a safety alert to warn employers and employees about the dangers of roof falls. MSHA said the roof failures occurred while employees were working in sections in which the roofs had been bolted. It said there were no injuries... Read More

September 14, 2016

OSHA Clarifies Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard for Moving Grave Headstones, Monuments

September 14, 2016

Using a crane to move headstones and small monuments is “generally” not defined as construction, but the crane operator is still responsible for stringent worker-safety rules regarding crane operations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has advised in response to a question from an Arkansas granite and marble... Read More

August 18, 2016

Respirable Coal Dust Samples Prove New Dust Rule Is Achievable, Mine Safety Agency Announces

August 18, 2016

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced that 99 percent of the coal mine dust samples collected from April 1, 2016, through June 30, 2016, were in compliance with its coal mine dust standards requiring lower levels of dust. It said that this proves  the “significantly positive impact” of its coal dust... Read More

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Mine Safety Regulators Issue Seat Belt Alert
October 20, 2016

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert urging miners to buckle their seat belts while operating mobile equipment. Read More

OSHA Says Workers Do Not Have to Waive Whistleblower Rights
October 20, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new guidance designed to protect the rights of whistleblowers who reach settlements approved by OSHA. Read More

OSHA Law Blog Nominated Best Legal Blog
October 18, 2016

Jackson Lewis is pleased to announce that the OSHA Law Blog has been nominated as a “Best Legal Blog” in the AmLaw category by The Expert Institute. We need your help! If you enjoy the OSHA blog, please vote for us by clicking here.  Thank you in advance for your vote! Read More