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Occupational Safety & Health

Miles & Stockbridge represents employers throughout the country in matters before the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission, the Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, the Department of Labor, and state courts and administrative agencies. Our attorneys handle matters involving workplace fatalities, indoor air quality/mold complaints, ergonomics investigations, forklift accidents, anhydrous ammonia releases, lockout/tagout and machine guarding, and numerous other issues. We also assist employers in identifying and complying with applicable regulatory requirements by, among other things, developing written safety and health policies and programs, conducting compliance audits, and, most importantly, developing practical solutions to complex safety and health-related problems.

Compliance Reviews

In appropriate cases, we assist clients in conducting OSHA and MSHA compliance reviews, often with the assistance of engineering consultants and other outside experts.

Counseling

Our practical, business-oriented approach helps our clients develop workable solutions to complex problems.  We counsel clients on the applicability of, and compliance with, OSHA’s general industry and construction regulations.  Clients look to us for guidance on issues, such as hazard communication, fire prevention/emergency evacuation, lockout/tagout, machine guarding, hearing protection, workplace violence, and recordkeeping.  In addition, we travel to client sites throughout the country to provide on-site training for managers and supervisors.  In appropriate cases, we work with engineering consultants and other outside experts to assist clients in conducting OSHA and MSHA compliance reviews.

Enforcement Actions and Litigation

We advise and defend clients in matters involving inspections conducted by OSHA and related agencies.  On numerous occasions, we have persuaded OSHA or its attorneys to narrow the scope of an inspection, or to terminate an inspection early and remove their personnel from our client’s worksite altogether.  We have litigated cases involving complex regulatory requirements such as ergonomics, forklift accidents, anhydrous ammonia releases, machine guarding and numerous other issues.  We have also defended clients in high-profile matters involving workplace fatalities.

Inspections

We provide our clients with legal support and guidance during and after inspections and investigations conducted by state and federal agencies.  On numerous occasions, we have persuaded OSHA or its attorneys to terminate an inspection early and remove their personnel from our client’s worksite.