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Workplace Safety and Health

Enforcement and new regulations are twin themes for Department of Labor safety and health agencies, requiring employers to increase their vigilance and proactively address safety and health issues relevant to their worksites.


With experienced Workplace Safety and Health attorneys located strategically throughout the nation, we are well-positioned to serve all of an employer’s needs with respect to safety and health programs and compliance issues. We regularly counsel employers on federal and state safety and health statutes and regulations and have extensive expertise with safety and health agencies, including OSHA, MSHA, BATFE, DHS, NIOSH, CSB, NTSB, DOT, FRA, FAA, OPS and Coast Guard matters.

Our attorneys provide practical guidance on all aspects of workplace safety and health, including assisting with the establishment of safety and health programs, conducting audits, representing employers in safety and health-related legal proceedings, defending against whistleblower claims, responding to catastrophes and fatalities, seeking variances from state or federal agencies, representing employers during government investigations, responding to agency inquiries, providing advice regarding the requirements and obligations under applicable safety and health rules, legislative advocacy, and assisting with communication strategies for dealing with media, employees, communities and management.

General Safety and Health Advice and Counsel

At all times, our goal is to help clients address potential workplace safety and health issues through effective safety and health management systems. When preventive measures are not enough, we team with our clients' personnel, medical, scientific and engineering experts, and, where necessary, public relations professionals to... Read More

Industrial Crisis Management

In an environment where an immediate response is critical and can determine a company’s long-term lawsuit, liability and enforcement risks, our extensive experience with the federal and state agencies investigating the events, as well as in collecting evidence at the outset of a crisis, is central to risk reduction. Read More


OSHA and MSHA are using every tool at their disposal to ensure that employers are in compliance with applicable standards and rules. We provide comprehensive legal services to employers seeking to comply with federal and state OSHA/MSHA rules, defend against agency enforcement actions, and participate in agency rulemaking proceedings... Read More

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Virginia Forestry Summit: The Benefit of Becoming an OSHA Whisperer - How to Speak the Language of Regulators

May 4, 2017 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST
110 Shenandoah Ave NE - Roanoke, VA
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Cincinnati, OH
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Work Your Magic: Legal Compliance for Human Resources and Counsel

May 11, 2017 - 11:30 AM to 4:45 PM
100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Champions Club - Cincinnati, OH
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
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April 27, 2017

45 Ways in 100 Days: The Projected Impact of the Trump Administration on Today’s Workplace

April 27, 2017

April 29, 2017, marks the 100th day of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. He has proven he is not a traditional conservative Republican, and many in the business community are still wondering about the Trump Administration’s labor and employment policy positions. Even as significant changes in federal policies are... Read More

April 25, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert to Prevent Fall Accidents

April 25, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert on preventing accidents at mines from miners falling. MSHA said that in the past decade, 29 miners have died at metal and nonmetal mines when they fell from the area where they worked, such as on heavy equipment, ladders, and conveyor walkways. MSHA recommended... Read More

April 25, 2017

OSHA Launches Campaign on Young Worker Safety

April 25, 2017

Promoting the message, “Young workers! You have rights!” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a campaign on workplace safety among youth workers. OSHA outlined employer responsibilities for keeping young workers safe, noting, “Young workers are those new to the workforce, even up to age 24. Young workers can... Read More

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April 25, 2017
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Tressi Cordaro Comments on President Donald Trump's Pick for OSHRC Chair

April 25, 2017

Tressi Cordaro comments on President Trump nominating Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Chair Heather L. MacDougall, to serve for a second term in "Trump Taps GOP Occupational Safety Commissioner for Second Term," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

April 11, 2017

Bradford Hammock Discusses the OSHRC Possibly Becoming Defunct

April 11, 2017

Bradford Hammock discusses the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission losing its quorum at the end of the month in "Today: Sessions on the border," published by POLITICO. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

April 5, 2017
Business Insurance

Tressi Cordaro Discusses President Donald Trump Signs Measure to Revoke OSHA Recordkeeping Violations Rule

April 5, 2017

Tressi Cordaro discusses President Donald Trump signing a resolution overturning the Volks rule, which authorized OSHA to extend its enforcement authority of recordkeeping violations from six months to five years in "Volks safety rule overturned," published by Business Insurance. Subscription may be required... Read More

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OSHA Launches Campaign on Young Worker Safety
April 28, 2017

Promoting the message, “Young workers! Read More

California OSHA Delays Enforcement of Construction Silica Standard
April 20, 2017

On April 19, 2017, the Department of Industrial Relations for the State of California issued an important update to Cal/OSHA’s new Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction.  The standard is substantially similar to Federal OSHA’s new rules for silica.  The new standard is found under Title 8 section 1532.3 of the California Read More

OSHA Launches Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction Industry
April 13, 2017

Fatalities from falls continue to be a leading cause of death in the construction industry, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is focusing on the dangers with its “Stand-Down” campaign on fall prevention. Read More