Seyfarth Partner James L. Curtis was one of sixteen “top legal experts” interviewed to provide a “list of critical information you should be aware of in the event you receive an OSHA citation.” See “16 Legal Tips: Handling OSHA Citations the Right Way” (Intelivert, 2016).
The article notes that the experts weighed in with “simple, actionable tips that can help you craft your legal strategy and directly affect the outcome of your OSHA interaction.” Mr. Curtis has twenty-five years of experience in OSHA law, with a broad range of expertise in many industry verticals.
DON’T ACCEPT CITATIONS AS A COST OF DOING BUSINESS
In the article Curtis explains that employers need to understand that there are significant changes to OSHA’s penalty policy that will occur in 2016. “Penalties are going up significantly, likely by almost 80 percent.” Since OSHA has become more focused on enforcement and seeking higher penalties, “employers who receive citations need to carefully analyze the citation to ensure that it is both factually and legally accurate.”