Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s OSHA and Worksite Safety group, Michael Rubin, and partner Kelly C. O’Connor, discuss safety provisions for employers and roofers when it comes to complying with OSHA standards and effective safety measures.
In, “OSHA and the Roofing Industry: Fall Protection,” Michael and Kelly discuss how employers should implement a safety program, forms of protection beyond safety harnesses, and proper training and retraining for all workers who might pose a risk for fall hazards.
“The duty to have fall protection in construction (OSHA section 1926.501) regularly tops the list of most frequently cited OSHA standards following workplace inspections. When it comes to the roofing industry, however, fall protection—though of paramount importance—is not the only requirement for an effective safety program.”
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Michael, chair of Goldberg Segalla’s OSHA and Worksite Safety practice, advises and represents employers across multiple industries and around the country in connection with OSHA inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions. He also develops and audits safety programs and policies and counsels employers on related risk-management strategies. He has hands-on experience managing accident investigations—including those involving multiple fatalities—and regularly represents employers before, during, and after the OSHA inspection process. He also provides practical insights as the author of a monthly OSHA column for Modern Contractor Solutions and serves as co-editor of Goldberg Segalla’s OSHA: Legal Developments and Defense Strategies blog.
Kelly, a member of the firm’s Construction and Workers’ Compensation practices, focuses a significant portion of her practice on issues involving occupational safety and health law, including advising and representing employers in connection with OSHA inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions. Kelly also defends a wide range of claims before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. She has extensive experience questioning witnesses, taking depositions, drafting pleadings, negotiating settlements, and more, and also researched, written, and submitted legal briefs to the Third and Fourth Appellate Divisions.