Workplace Safety & Catastrophe Management Plans
Our OSHA Lawyers Advise Employers on Emergency Preparedness & Catastrophe Response
Any number of tragedies can strike on a job site.
Even with safety measures 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 workplace safety management 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, as well as Lousiana,
Oklahoma, and Colorado.
In the event of a catastrophe at the workplace, call our OSHA defense team
(713) 489-2028 or
contact our firm online for catastrophe management & response planning.
Plan Your Catastrophe Response Should a Workplace Disaster Strike
You may need to plan for specific types of hazards or specific issues.
An experienced attorney can create an emergency action plan that is customized
for your business and advise you on the most OSHA-compliant way to communicate
that plan to your employees and reinforce workplace safety policies.
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.
Prepare an Emergency Action Plan to Benefit Workplace Safety
- 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.
notes: The best way to deal with an emergency is to prepare for it.
What Should Your Crisis Management & Workplace Safety Policy Cover?
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.
The crisis management plan can cover issues such as:
- How the emergency will be reported
- Handling emergencies involving hazardous materials
- 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
- Reinforcing workplace safety after the incident
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
defend you from an OSHA citation. An inspection is inevitable following an accident – you should
prepare for the OSHA inspection 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 but we regularly work with clients throughout
Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Colorado.