OSHA Inspections and Citations
Our attorneys handle compliance-related matters involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), from inspections and citations to workplace-related injuries or accidents to concerns or allegations about discrimination or retaliation against employees for reporting OSHA violations. No matter the issue, the attorneys with our Firm can help you better understand your legal rights and obligations as they relate to OSHA workplace safety matters.
OSHA inspections are initiated without advance notice, conducted using on-site or telephone investigations, performed by compliance officers, and are generally based on the following priorities:
- Imminent danger;
- Catastrophes – fatalities or hospitalizations;
- Worker complaints and referrals;
- Targeted inspections where there are particular hazards or high injury rates; and
- Follow-up inspections.
On-site inspections can be triggered by a complaint from a current worker or their representative if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA standards or rules.
When an inspector finds violations of OSHA standards or serious hazards, OSHA may issue citations and fines. A citation includes methods an employer may use to fix a problem and the date by when the corrective actions must be completed. Employers have the right to contest any part of the citation, including whether a violation exists. Appeals of citations are heard by the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
If you are facing issues related to OSHA inspections or citations, contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Kevin J. Dolley directly at (314) 645-4100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All consultations are maintained as strictly confidential.