Workplace Health and Safety

Phillips Lytle’s Workplace Health and Safety Attorneys have extensive experience representing clients dealing with the OSHA and other related local, state and federal agencies.

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Phillips Lytle has extensive experience representing clients dealing with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other related local, state and federal agencies.

We provide proactive advice to minimize the risk of OSHA citations and ways to prepare and respond to OSHA inspections. When OSHA visits our clients, we defend OSHA inspections, investigations, violations and challenges to warrants. We work to resolve matters and, if necessary, litigate both civil and criminal proceedings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) and in state and federal courts. Frequently, we will handle parallel or multiple criminal and administrative/civil investigations and litigations stemming from a single workplace incident. Our experience extends from minor violation matters to significant litigation before the OSHRC.


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Workplace Health and Safety Law Experience

The following are some representative examples of our workplace health and safety and OSHA expertise:
  • Defended OSHA inspections and proceedings for a national, publicly-traded company in several states arising from workplace accidents, and secured favorable settlements.
  • Provided proactive advice to a national company regarding coordination of OSHA compliance and avoidance of “repeat” violations.
  • Secured a favorable settlement on behalf of a privately held international company in the face of alleged repeat violations of workplace safety standards.
  • Defended OSHA investigations and proceedings for a company complicated by unfavorable press coverage due to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and court proceedings.
  • Defended a manufacturing company regarding a fatality. OSHA negotiations resulted in a favorable resolution with reduced charges and fines.
  • Defended a sheet-metal structural fabricator in connection with OSHA, DEC and EPA investigations and litigation relating to alleged violations of the federal asbestos-handling regulations. We favorably settled all matters, including a related criminal investigation and multiple administrative investigations.
  • Defended a roofing company against various fall hazard violations, aggressively litigating the matter before OSHRC, leading to a favorable resolution.
  • Defended and secured favorable resolution of numerous OSHA citations, including fatalities and repeat offenses, as well as related environmental and criminal charges.
  • Defended employers in proceedings before the OSHRC, leading to favorable settlements.

Meet Our Workplace Health and Safety Team

Marc H. Goldberg Special Counsel
James R. Grasso Partner, General Counsel
Amanda L. Lowe Partner
Kevin J. Mulvehill Partner
James R. O’Connor Partner
Linda T. Prestegaard Partner
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