By Brent I. Clark, James L. Curtis, and Craig B. Simonsen

Safety at workThe U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Labor (DOL) announced last week an expansion of its worker endangerment initiative to address worker safety violations through the use of enhanced criminal fines and penalties.

According to Deputy Attorney General Sally

By Brent I. Clark and Craig B. Simonsen

shutterstock_206483089Thomas Galassi, Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, through a very short Memorandum (Memo), announced that OSHA has just added employers in the Oil and Gas Production Services and Drilling and Well Servicing industries to its High-Emphasis Hazards in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

We have

Steve Shardonofsky was quoted today by Employment Law360 in an article on “Energy Cos. Brace For DOL Crackdown As Worker Deaths Rise.”

In the article Shardonofsky noted that U.S. Labor “Secretary [Thomas] Perez’s recent statement highlights the fact that we’ll expect higher scrutiny of the oil and gas industry for the foreseeable future.”  

Seyfarth Shaw OSHA practice partner Meagan Newman was quoted recently in an IndustryWeek article discussing workplace violence.

“Every employer should be thinking about the potential for workplace violence and what steps they might take to prevent or address it.” Newman cites to a case where a Texas convenience store in 2012 had a robbery

By Stephanie Christiansen-LaRocco and Craig B. Simonsen

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published for the first time a Directive on Inspection and Citation Guidance for Roadway and Highway Construction Work Zones (October 16, 2012, CPL 02-01-054). The Directive covers any construction activity on and near roadways or highways, such as “road, highway