By Mark A. Lies, IIJames L. Curtis, Adam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis:  A contractor’s employee fell 36 feet while working at a warehouse construction site and not using fall-protection equipment.  Following a bench trial before the District Court, the Defendant contractor DNRB, Inc. was convicted of

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

In recent remarks by OSHA Administrator David Michaels at the “DOL-FCC Workshop on Tower Climber Safety and Injury Prevention,” Michaels indicated that “we at OSHA are very concerned about the rising number of tower worker deaths. The fatality rate in this industry is extraordinarily high – tower

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) recently found that an employer lacked fair notice of an obligation under the general duty clause to provide fall protection equipment, and that the issue of whether the employer’s work policy constituted a feasible means of abatement was not

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

In a recent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) case, Secretary v. Nuprecon, LP, No. 08-1037 (February 7, 2012), the Commission found that an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation cannot be based upon OSHA’s speculation as to what might happen, but rather must