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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.

Overview

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

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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June 27, 2017

OSHA Considers Extending Crane Certification Deadline

June 27, 2017

The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration met on June 20, 2017, to learn about and give recommendations on OSHA’s proposed rule to extend the enforcement date for crane operator certification requirements of the revised Crane Standard, 29 C.F.R. 1926 Subpart CC,... Read More

June 27, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert on Coal Truck Dumping Safety

June 27, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert following the death of a tractor trailer coal truck driver whose truck tipped over earlier this year. MSHA said the driver was driving a tractor trailer on February 3 and the coal in the truck bed was damp and frozen. As the driver raised the bed, attempting to dump... Read More

June 22, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Launches ‘Training Assistance Initiative’ for Miners with Less Experience

June 22, 2017

Recent coal-mining deaths have prompted the Mine Safety and Health Administration to launch a voluntary “training assistance initiative” for miners with less than one year of experience in mining or in their current job, MSHA has announced. During a “stakeholder presentation” on June 8, 2017, at the agency’s National Mine Health and... Read More

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June 28, 2017
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Tressi Cordaro Named Co-Leader of Jackson Lewis' Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group

June 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Washington D.C. Region Principal Tressi Cordaro has been named Co-Leader of Jackson Lewis’ Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, alongside Carla Gunnin who was named Co-Leader in 2016  Ms. Cordaro... Read More

June 26, 2017
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Brad Hammock Comments on Implications of Automated External Defibrillators in the Workplace

June 26, 2017

Brad Hammock comments on implications of defibrillator use in the workplace in "Defibrillators Can Save Lives, but Will Employers Take the Leap?" published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 24, 2017
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Stephanie Cerasano and Joseph Lynett Author "Telecommuting as a Disability Accommodation"

June 24, 2017

Stephanie Cerasano and Joseph Lynett author "Telecommuting as a Disability Accommodation," published by Association of Corporate Counsel. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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Beryllium Exposure Rule Going Through Changes, OSHA Admits
June 23, 2017

The rule to lower permissible workplace exposure to beryllium is undergoing changes in a White House review, Occupational Safety and Health Administration deputy director for standards and guidance Maureen Ruskin has told safety specialists, as reported by Bloomberg BNA. Read More

Removal of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule Imminent: GSA Issues Interim Memorandum
June 21, 2017

Rulemaking is underway to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to remove the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule, the General Services Administration has said in guidance to federal agencies instructing them not to wait for the formal rescission to ensure certain contract clauses are not in new or existing government contrac Read More

Employers Do Not Have to Report Injury for Employee Who Does a ‘Daily Stretching Program,’ OSHA Says
June 15, 2017

Employers do not have to report a worker as having an injury if they instruct the worker to do regular stretching exercises for a “minor discomfort,” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has concluded in an interpretation letter released on May 24, 2017. Read More