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Safety & Health

Davis Graham & Stubbs is the leading firm in the Rocky Mountain West for crisis management and incident response resulting from industrial accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Recent experience includes defending companies in OSHA investigations and related proceedings in connection with the following matters:

  • Defended clients in all phases of enforcement, including inspections, information requests, and citation responses.
  • Defended oil and gas company against willful citations issued after rig fire caused fatality and multiple burn injuries at multi-employer worksite; citations reduced to serious.
  • Defended construction company after accident killed employee during asphalt paving operation; no citations issued.
  • Defended building supply company against citations issued after truck driver crushed in forklift accident; citation was withdrawn.
  • Resolved whistleblower complaint resulting from alleged retaliatory termination of lease operator due to safety complaints.
  • Defended owner of tank battery after explosion related to gas release during pigging operation caused two fatalities; no citations issued.
  • Advised a construction company with respect to its obligations under OSHA (worker notification, monitoring, agency reporting) when VOC contamination was identified during construction.
  • Advised construction company with respect to asbestos and lead requirements.
  • Advised a healthcare company with respect to bloodborne pathogen requirements.
  • Advised a construction company with respect to HAZWOPER training requirements.
  • Provided general advice to various companies regarding HazCom, SDSs, and the General Duty clause.
  • Advised clients in determining regulation applicability.
  • Assisted clients in conducting internal safety audits.
  • Supported clients in implementing and improving existing health and safety compliance programs.
  • Conducted post-accident and post-inspection investigations.
  • Assisted clients in developing new health and safety programs.
  • Reviewed client programs for completeness and compliance.
  • Negotiated resolution of agency issued citations.
  • Advised corporate clients in response to union-initiated health and safety matters.
  • Advised clients in industrial accident prevention.
  • Assisted corporate client in conducting privileged combustible dust hazard analyses at multiple manufacturing and recycling locations.

Examples of specific subject-matter areas from past work include hazardous substance exposure, fall protection, machine guarding, amputation, respiratory protection, blood lead monitoring, particulate exposure, confined space, asbestos exposure assessment and monitoring, radiation control, emergency planning, materials handling and storage (overhead and gantry cranes), noise exposure, hazardous materials, hazardous waste and emergency response, hazard assessments, electrical control and protection, combustible dust hazard analyses, hand-held equipment, welding, air contaminants (silica, lead, asbestos, other), PPE, hazard communication, injury reporting, and near-miss investigations.

Compliance And Due Diligence

DGS assists clients with OSHA compliance in connection with ongoing operations and due diligence with corporate acquisitions. We have assisted clients in developing and implementing OSHA programs related to process safety management, respirable crystalline silica sand exposure, benzene exposure, hearing conservation, machine guarding, lockout tagout, hazard communication, personal protective equipment, and compliance with the Global Harmonization System.

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