Crafting Innovative, Customized Policies for Employers
Any number of tragedies can strike on a job site.
Even when safety measures are in place, workers may fall or become involved
in other fatal accidents. Explosions, fires, and cave-ins sometimes occur.
In addition, shootings and other acts of workplace violence are a tragic
possibility. Employers cannot prepare for every possible scenario that
could happen on a job site, but they can create a plan that helps them
respond quickly and effectively when problems arise.
At Hendershot Cowart P.C., our Houston-based law firm has represented businesses for
more than 30 years. We help businesses create policies to prevent and respond to accidents.
When an incident happens on a work site, clients call us for immediate
advice on how to respond to both the emergency and any dealings with the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We serve clients
in Houston and throughout Texas.
Do your employees know what to do if disaster strikes?
Do your managers know how to comply with investigators without endangering
Some businesses are required to develop OSHA emergency action plans, ensuring clear, safe protocol during chaotic situations. However, businesses
that are not required to develop emergency plans can still benefit from them.
AsOSHAnotes: The best way to deal with an emergency is to prepare for it.
What Does a Good Crisis Management Policy Look Like?
Few people can think clearly during a crisis. An emergency action plan ensures employers and workers have the training
and procedures to keep employees safe during emergencies, as well as how
to protect the interests of the business during an OSHA investigation.
Your first priority is the safety of your workers, but you can also protect
your rights as an employer at the same time.
Evacuation procedures, including route assignments and safe areas
Information about people in and outside the company who understand the
Procedures for employees who must remain in an emergency to handle critical
or essential services
Whether any workers are assigned rescue or medical responsibilities
Policies for dealing with media
You may need to plan for specific types of hazards or specific issues.
An experienced attorney can create an emergency plan that is right for
your business and advise you on communicating the plan to your employees.
When Disaster Strikes
If a disaster or tragedy strikes, employers need to take action regardless
of whether they have an emergency plan in place. Focus on safety first:
call 911 immediately. Make sure everyone is safe, and make sure any injuries are being taken
care of. Once everyone is safe,
contact our law office.
At the outset, our firm can help you meet OSHA's reporting requirements
for accidents and injuries. We can also begin gathering evidence and conducting
interviews to defend you from an OSHA citation. An inspection is inevitable
following an accident-you should begin preparing by calling us as soon
as possible. With 30+ years' of experience, our firm can advise you from
the time an accident happens through the conclusion of an
OSHA law case.
For a confidential consultation, call (713) 489-2028 or contact us online. Our main offices are in Houston and we are available by appointment at
our offices in Corpus Christi, Austin, Galveston and Sugar Land.