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Tressi L. Cordaro

Principal
Washington, D.C. Region

P 703-483-8300
F 703-483-8301
Tressi.Cordaro@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Tressi L. Cordaro is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is co-leader of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

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May 23, 2018
Business Insurance

Tressi Cordaro Comments on Implications of Recently Proposed OSHA Regulations Under the Trump Administration

May 23, 2018

Tressi Cordaro comments on implications of OSHA’s regulatory actions under consideration in the most recent Regulatory Agenda for the Department of Labor in "Skepticism abounds on proposed OSHA rules under Trump Administration," published by Business Insurance. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 3, 2018
EHS Today

Tressi Cordaro Comments on the Future of OSHA's “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” Regulation

May 3, 2018

Tressi Cordaro comments on implications of OSHA’s recent announcement clarifying that employers in State Plans must submit injury and illness data in ”OSHA State Plan Employers Must Report, Too,” published by EHS Today. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 2, 2018
American Society of Safety Engineers

Tressi Cordaro Authors "OSHA Penalties Up To Adjust for Inflation"

January 2, 2018

Tressi Cordaro authors "OSHA Penalties Up To Adjust for Inflation," (p. 6) published by the American Society of Safety Engineers. Read More

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July 12, 2017

Construction Contractors Develop New Safety Helmets

July 12, 2017

Construction firms are developing new safety helmets designed to provide workers with better protection from falls and to curb fatal injuries, according to a report from Bloomberg BNA. According to government researchers, from 2003 to 2010, 2,210 fatal traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occurred in the construction industry, a rate of 2.6... 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

May 24, 2017

Trump Nominates Sullivan for Last Vacant Seat on Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

May 24, 2017

President Donald Trump has nominated attorney James Sullivan to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) to fill the remaining vacancy on the three-member commission. OSHRC is an independent agency that adjudicates contested citations between employers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration... Read More

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Workplace Safety & Health Webinar Series: The Recordkeeping Top Ten

December 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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Get Ready for OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

October 19, 2017 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

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OSHA Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Crane Operator Certification – Shifting the Original Intent of the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee
May 23, 2018

In August 2010 OSHA issued the final cranes and derricks in construction standard, 1926 – Subpart CC. As part of that standard, crane operators were required to either be certified or qualified (depending on the option elected by an employer) by November 10, 2014. 29 C.F.R. Read More

Complimentary Webinar: Preventing Safety Liability at Multi-Employer Worksites
May 22, 2018

Multiple employers work together at the same site all the time.  So if someone gets hurt or if OSHA knocks, how do you know you have done enough to protect your company?  Safety liability can be serious business if you have not taken proper precautions to establish each employer’s roles and duty of care before...… Read More

PSM “Retail Exemption” in Farm Bill May Fall Victim to Politics
May 22, 2018

In an April 30th memorandum to Regional Administrators, Tom Galassi (Director for OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs) announced that OSHA’s process safety management (PSM) standard, which establishes requirements for preventing or minimizing explosion hazards related to chemicals, did not apply to “retail facilities.” This h Read More