Energy, Infrastructure & Environment

OSHA and Workplace Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, better known as OSHA, abides by the principle that it’s better to be safe than sorry. So do the clients of Quarles & Brady, who rely on the comprehensive and reassuring experience that we bring to a high-risk area of law.

When federal and state workplace safety regulators conduct inspections, Quarles & Brady is there, ready to respond. We regularly represent clients during inspections themselves and in follow-on dealings with OSHA and state agencies. If and when regulators issue citations, we gather the relevant facts and advocate for them. Frequently, our solutions minimize penalties and negative classifications imposed on our clients, satisfy regulators’ desire for abatement, and serve all parties’ interests in promoting workplace safety. In cases where settlement is impossible—often, cases in which the stakes are highest for the employer—our team is well prepared to aggressively litigate OSHA citations on their behalf.

Representing clients effectively on workplace safety issues demands deep knowledge in multiple areas, beginning with highly technical OSHA regulations. Quarles & Brady’s attorneys understand them exceptionally well. Our OSHA and Workplace Safety team draws on the firm’s labor & employment, environmental and health practices for insight into potential workplace dangers and a thorough understanding of these highly regulated sectors.

Our interdisciplinary group responds quickly to fast-moving situations, whether an unannounced inspection or a catastrophic workplace event. Quarles & Brady has experience providing a holistic response to traumatic accidents, including those involving fatalities.

As much as we assist clients after OSHA has knocked on the door, Quarles & Brady is also forward-looking and proactive. We regularly counsel clients on prevention-focused strategies in workplace safety, including assistance with general compliance auditing. Among other initiatives, we develop customized safety programs and OSHA-compliant handbooks and policies.

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