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Safety & Health

Reducing risk for employers and their workers with MSHA and OSHA compliance.

Husch Blackwell understands that attention to safety compliance on the front end can avert government citations and penalties, whistleblower claims, third-party lawsuits and workers’ compensation payments. Our law firm partners with employers to develop compliance strategies and manage successful relationships with enforcement agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

When litigation is unavoidable, our MSHA and OSHA defense attorney team provides clients with the information they need to make prudent and time-sensitive decisions on contesting or settling citations and whistleblower claims. And when injuries or accidents do occur, our MSHA/OSHA attorney team mobilizes immediately to coordinate a seamless response that minimizes the liability and risks of unforeseen workplace events.

Our guidance to clients on workplace safety and health includes:

  • Compliance counseling, including OSHA and MSHA
  • Agency investigations
  • Defense of agency citations, including those involving catastrophic events and fatalities
  • Training for front-line supervisors and managers
  • Investigation and defense of whistleblower claims
  • Responses to anonymous safety complaints
  • Negotiation of site-specific safety rules
  • Defense of criminal investigations and charges
  • Responses to agency rulemaking initiatives
  • Crisis response and management

Representative Experience

  • Obtained defense verdict on behalf of The Kansas City Southern Railway Co. in a week-long jury trial in St. Louis County, Missouri wherein an employee alleged that KCSR had violated the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, Federal Safety Appliance Act and the Locomotive Inspection Act.
  • Negotiated with OSHA on behalf of a medium-sized medical practice, successfully achieving the elimination of six citations and a penalty reduction of 80%.
  • Obtained dismissal of a whistleblower complaint filed with OSHA against a client in the cable television sector. The whistleblower accused our client of failing to provide him with certain safety equipment and of retaliating with wrongful termination.
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