Category Archives: Occupational Safety

It Caught Fire for Them, Will It for You?

For this week’s Guest Post Friday here at Musings, we welcome Stan Allely. Stan is the Senior Technician – HAZMAT, Explosives and Electrical/Arc Flash for HAZMAT Plans & Programs, Inc. In recent years there have been numerous construction accidents because companies were either not aware of fire hazards or did not have safe practice policies…

OSHA/VOSH Roundup

In an unusual flurry of occupational safety related activity, the Virginia courts decided two cases in the last week relating to either the review of occupational safety regulations themselves or their enforcement. In Nat’l College of Business & Technology Inc. v. Davenport (.pdf), the Virginia Court of Appeals considered what constitutes a “serious” violation of…

Dealing with Hazardous Substances on the Construction Site

For this week’s Guest Post Friday here at Construction Law Musings, we welcome Vickie Lane. Vickie is the primary point of contact for Business Development with HAZMAT Plans & Programs, a consulting and training firm that also works under the name of HP&P Safety. Vickie’s functions with HP&P include extensive pre-project research and support though…

Just Because Your Employee Was Supposed to Work Safely. . .

Here at Construction Law Musings, I’ve discussed the need to keep up with your safety program and stay out of the cross-hairs of the state and federal safety inspectors. The Virginia Court of Appeals gave a stark reminder of this fact in the case of Atlantic Environmental Construction Co. v. Malveaux, Comm’r. In this case,…

Construction Contracts, Mediation and Venue

I have preached the mantra of “read your contracts carefully” on numerous occasions here at Construction Law Musings. I have also discussed my thoughts on ADR and mandatory mediation. A recent case out of the Eastern District of Virginia mixes these two ideas quite nicely. Dominion Transmission Inc. v. Precision Pipeline Inc. involved the construction…