Construction sites are busy places with many moving parts, literally and figuratively speaking. There are often more than one employer on the job site - the general contractor and multiple subcontractors - which means many employees working on different aspects of the project.
When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finds safety violations at a construction site or other multi-employer worksite, it isn't always clear who is responsible. But under OSHA's multiemployer enforcement policy, employers can be cited when their employees are exposed to safety hazards, even if the hazards weren't caused by you, but by a different employer on the job site.
Under the Multiemployer Enforcement Policy, employers can be cited in each of the following capacities:
- As thecreating employer, in which the employer is responsible for creating the unsafe condition.
- As theexposing employer that did not cause the condition, but knew about the condition and allowed their employees to be exposed to it.
- As thecorrecting employer, which has a responsibility to correct the condition, usually by installing or maintaining safety equipment.
- As thecontrolling employer, responsible for the health and safety of workers at the job site in its capacity as a general supervisor.
In general, you can take steps toward avoiding liability under the Multiemployer Enforcement Policy by understanding your duties and responsibilities at the job site before the job begins. One way to do is by meeting with an experienced OSHA lawyer for advice.
Why Call Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, P.C.?
If you receive a citation for alleged OSHA violations on a multi-employer worksite, the attorneys at Kerr, Hendershot & Cannon, P.C. have the experience and knowledge to defend your company in contesting the citation, especially when the violation was caused by others on the worksite.
Our firm has been helping general contractors and subcontractors understand how to comply with OSHA's standards before, during and after an OSHA inspection for more than 25 years. One of our goals is to help clients avoid OSHA trouble in the first place, but we regularly also defend citations in the multi-employer workplace and protect our clients' interests in the face of OSHA citations for alleged safety violations.
Keep reading to learn more about how the attorneys of Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, P.C., can help you with OSHA compliance.