Labor & Employment

OSHA

Roetzel’s employment attorneys counsel employers of all sizes in multiple industries to help them meet — and maintain — full compliance with all safety and health standards established and monitored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Our OSHA attorneys assist clients in developing and implementing safety and proper recordkeeping procedures, including designing training programs with a goal toward preventing workplace illnesses, injuries and fatalities.

Our attorneys work with employers to prepare comprehensive plans and procedures that clearly define what to do.

Roetzel knows that the unexpected arrival of OSHA inspectors at your factory or work site can be stressful. Our attorneys work with employers to prepare comprehensive plans and procedures that clearly define what to do: the steps to take, company representatives to involve and questions to ask. We also provide training for both employees and management on following those plans to satisfy inspectors while protecting company interests and rights, as well as those of employees.

In addition, we help businesses that receive citations, up to and including contesting and litigating fines associated with the charges. We have negotiated favorable settlements with OSHA to substantially reduce penalties for our clients, such as saving one company several million dollars by eliminating a requirement to upgrade equipment, and obtaining a significant decrease in fines and the withdrawal of two willful citations for another client.

Our Experience

  • Successfully negotiated a settlement with OSHA that involved a substantial reduction in penalties for the client and saved the client several million dollars by avoiding expensive (and unnecessary) upgrades OSHA initially required to CNC machines
  • Counsel for chrome platers on OSHA and related matters
  • Assisted a telecommunications company with an emergency response effort associated with a fatality that occurred when an employee erecting a cellular phone tower fell to his death. We represented the company through the OSHA investigation and subsequent lawsuit brought by the decedent's family. We minimized the client's liability exposure and worked cooperatively with OSHA to resolve the investigation, without a finding of fault or a statutory violation on behalf of the company
  • Assisted a public utility with an OSHA investigation resulting from an electrocution fatality; we minimized the company's liability exposure by insuring that the OSHA investigation did not result in any serious or willful violations. We entered into a settlement agreement with OSHA that prevented disclosure of its terms and admissibility in subsequent legal proceedings
  • Defended a roofing company before OSHA in a fall-protection case where the company allegedly failed to provide or require the use of fall protection; we successfully defended all citations based upon a claim of employee misconduct with no adverse findings or penalties being assessed
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement with OSHA for a manufacturing client, resulting in a substantial decrease in fines and the withdrawal of two willful citations
  • Minimized a public utility company's liability exposure in an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation about an electrocution fatality

What We Do

  • Perform on-site audits to ensure compliance with OSHA requirements
  • Litigation of complex OSHA charges before the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission
  • OSHA compliance, safety programs, safety manuals
  • OSHA standards, complaints, responses, and inspections
     

Related Media & Events

  1. Alerts
    Lawsuit Aims to Vacate OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule - Feb 20, 2019
    OSHA Increases Civil Penalties - Jan 18, 2019
    OSHA Proposes to Extend July 1 Deadline for Injury and Illness Summaries - Jun 30, 2017
    Ohio House of Representatives Passes Bill Removing Workers' Compensation Benefits for Unauthorized Aliens; Reduces Time to File Claim to One Year for all Workers - May 22, 2017
    Alex Acosta Nominated for Secretary of Labor Position After Withdrawal of Andrew Puzder From Consideration - Feb 17, 2017
    OSHA Delays Enforcement of New Rule's Anti-Retaliation Provisions - Jul 26, 2016
    OSHA Finalizes Controversial Electronic Recordkeeping Rule - May 12, 2016
    OSHA to Raise Fines for First Time in Quarter Century - Nov 18, 2015
    OSHA Prepares to Target Safety Incentive Programs - Oct 23, 2015
    Three Ways to Ensure a Safe Start to 2015 - Jan 13, 2015
    New OSHA Reporting Requirements Go Into Effect January 1, 2015 - Nov 20, 2014
    OSHA Issues Interim Rule for Whistleblowers under the Food Safety Modernization Act - Feb 18, 2014
    Deadline for Mandatory Employee Training on OSHA's Revised Hazard Communication Standard is Rapidly Approaching - Nov 4, 2013
  2. Firm News
    Bob Blackham Achieves Recertification by National Board of Trial Advocacy - Aug 27, 2019
    Pangrace Quoted on ISO 45001 International Standard on Occupational Safety and Health - Apr 2, 2018
    Roetzel & Andress Announces Election of New President and Treasurer - Mar 1, 2016
    Roetzel Welcomes Associate Marcus A. Pringle to its Cleveland Office - Dec 9, 2013