Overview

HunterMaclean’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) practice group has represented businesses in a variety of matters stemming from workplace related injuries, health and safety hazards, and compliance with the many federal and state safety and health standards and regulations, including contesting citations and representing clients before OSHA and in appeals of OSHA matters before Administrative Law Judges.

Our OSHA lawyers efficiently address industry-specific matters with support from HunterMaclean’s extensive team, including lawyers from our construction, logistics, transportation, litigation, employment, business, and environmental law practices.

Below are some of the services we provide:

  • Investigating accidents and catastrophes
    • Major construction accidents
    • Manufacturing accidents
    • Warehouse and logistics incidents
    • Chemical and petroleum refining fires, explosions, and other accidents
  • Advising clients undergoing OSHA inspections
    • Inspections under OSHA’s numerous National and Local Emphasis Programs
    • Multiemployer worksites
    • Wall-to-wall inspections
    • Inspections subsequent to a work-related injury or death
  • Contesting the characterization of OSHA violations and penalties
    • “Willful” or “repeated,” “serious,” and “other than serious” violations
    • Multiemployer enforcement policy violations
    • General duty clause violations
    • Recordkeeping violations
    • Egregious and substantial enforcement cases
    • Process safety management violations
  • Assisting in efforts to achieve OSHA VPP status
  • Addressing employee/union complaints
  • Issues related to OSHA’s severe violators enforcement policy
  • OSHA state plan inspections

Our services also include:

  • Counseling clients on OSHA compliance before incidents occur
  • Advising companies on allocation of responsibility for OSHA investigations, penalties, etc. in contractual agreements with third parties
  • Representing employers during inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions by OSHA, CSB, EPA, MSHA, ATF, NTSB, state and local environmental regulators, fire marshals, and other government entities
  • Responding to and managing investigations of catastrophic industrial, construction, manufacturing, and other workplace accidents, including explosions, collapses, and chemical releases
  • Handling all aspects of OSHA litigation, including appeals of OSHA citations and the negotiation of settlements that minimize the impact of enforcement actions on wrongful death and injury cases
  • Defending employers against complaints of retaliation and whistleblowing violations filed with federal and state OSHA offices
  • Conducting workplace safety and health audits, injury, and illness recordkeeping audits, and safety and health training
  • roviding counseling on compliance with standards and regulations
  • Counseling employers on the development and implementation of safety and health programs and procedures
  • Representing employers and industry associations before OSHA rulemaking forums, including the preparation of written comments and testimony on behalf of employers and associations
  • Conducting safety and health due diligence for sales, mergers, and acquisitions

For current information about OSHA/COVID-19, please visit the OSHA website.