More than ever before, you need to be extra vigilant when it comes to workplace safety – and also in defending challenges to your workplace practices. You need attorneys who can help prevent unsafe conditions, but will also be there if inspections arise, enforcement measures are taken, or catastrophes occur.
The Fisher Phillips Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group provides you with practical guidance to enable you to develop and maintain effective workplace safety and health management programs. From safety compliance and accident prevention to catastrophe response and mine safety and health matters, our experienced team of attorneys is prepared to assist with all of your workplace safety legal needs. And our safety consulting team offers a full range of non-legal consulting services.
We work with clients across the United States in the manufacturing, construction, food processing, health care, and transportation industries.
PREVENTION, PREPAREDNESS AND ENFORCEMENT
We can assist you in developing or updating your safety and health management program, with a special focus on self-audits and inspections, training, recordkeeping, integration of safety programs with other employment policies and procedures, DOT compliance and efforts to minimize related civil liability and repeat citations. We aid in determining areas of vulnerability, determining manager roles, and developing the process needed for a response, whether you need to respond to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) complaint, government inspection, or whistleblower investigation.
Our team gets involved at the most critical stage: conducting investigations immediately after an accident has occurred. That’s important because when an OSHA inspector arrives, anything prior probes uncover can open the door to additional claims, such as workers compensation or wrongful death – and much greater potential exposure for you. Given the stakes, you can’t entrust this to the insurer’s selected lawyers, who can show up late and unprepared.
Fisher Phillips’ cross-disciplinary COVID-19 Taskforce helps address issues stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, including workplace safety standards, masking, contact tracing, vaccines, and incident response.
Additionally, we can assist you in establishing and implementing substance abuse testing and prevention programs, as well as policies and procedures addressing violence in the workplace. We can coordinate trauma response, counseling, and threat assessment, and can seek restraining orders and injunctions where appropriate against violent or threatening persons.
If you receive a safety-related citation, we can help you evaluate your position and minimize exposure to penalties and fines. We have broad experience in handling cases involving repeat or willful citations, corporate-wide investigations, whistleblower actions, construction and multi-employer settings, OSHA and MSHA Significant Cases, “Egregious Enforcement Program” (EEP) cases, and catastrophic and high visibility cases such as explosions, crane collapses, and employee fatalities. Whether negotiating a settlement at an OSHA or MSHA informal conference, working on an ongoing OSHA abatement commitment, or defending an employer in litigation before the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC), we use our knowledge and experience to vigorously defend your interests.
We understand the confusion often surrounding workplace catastrophes, but also know that such events demand a quick and effective response. Our team can work with you to develop a strategic plan to address the resulting sophisticated legal issues, handle related media relations, deal with the families of the deceased or injured employees, prepare for possible civil or criminal proceedings, and work with insurers, regulators, experts and other involved parties.
FISHER PHILLIPS SAFETY CONSULTING (NON-LEGAL CONSULTING)
Fisher Phillips has a team of safety consultants who assist clients with regulatory compliance needs, including OSHA inspections, hazard identification, and hazard abatement. They are experienced in consulting, developing safety incentive programs, conducting active shooter trainings and policies, ISO 45001 certification, and customizing safety training compliance programs. The consulting team can also conduct safety audits of facilities for compliance with regulatory standards under OSHA, the National Electrical Code (NEC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The site safety audit identifies deficiencies, hazards, and/or areas of non-compliance and provides the organization with recommended corrective actions.
Visit our OSHA Inspections Tracker map, this map allows employers to examine up-to-the-minute state of workplace safety inspections in a detailed manner.