If you've been cited for violating OSHA regulations, you need to act quickly to protect your business' interest. The best way to secure your future against current and future citations is to work with a seasoned OSHA defense law firm, particularly one with experience with compliance and safety training.
Here's the bottom line: You have the right to challenge your OSHA citation.
At Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, P.C., our OSHA defense attorneys have more than 25 years of legal experience defending employers against OSHA citations of all sizes, from the most minor to the most serious, including incidents involving multiple deaths. Clients entrust their businesses to us because we have 130 years of combined experience creating effective solutions for high-stakes OSHA cases.
Speak with us in an initial consultation-call (713) 489-2028 or contact us through our simple form.
OSHA citations do not exist in a vacuum-the fines and impact of your citation will be informed by previous citations you've received. The importance of defending against a citation has as much to do with your future costs as present ones. Our firm can make sure your citation is classified so as to protect your company's future prosperity and spare you from enhanced penalties.
When deciding whether or not to challenge an OSHA citation, we encourage employers to consider more than just the fine attached. Often, there is much more at stake, such as:
Since 2010, OSHA has implemented SVEP in order to come down much harder with citations of certain classifications. Getting one of these major citations results in more frequent and more disruptive inspections, in addition to thousands in fines. In the six years since implementation, dozens of companies on the SVEP list have gone out of business, ceased operations, or experienced significant losses.
The classification levels indicate an increase in fines and long-term penalties:
If you don't properly defend against these citations, you're facing magnified consequences and more severe classification for your next citation. That's why you need an OSHA defense lawyer.
As of August 2016, OSHA's new violation penalties are as follows:
Our experience has made us well versed in the defense strategies employed by our defense lawyers:
These are just some of the questions that must be asked when coming up with a defense strategy.
Employers have the right to contest OSHA citations at a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. We are skilled at these hearings. We will present evidence and argue on your behalf. Ultimately, we want OSHA to dismiss the citation, reduce the classification, or alter the penalty / abatement requirements to meet the needs of the employer. We have been successful in achieving this goal on behalf of employers throughout the U.S.
To arrange a consultation, dial (713) 489-2028 or contact us online. We are available at our main offices in Houston, as well as by appointment at our offices in Corpus Christi, Austin, Sugar Land and Galveston.