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McDowell Knight Partner Will Chason Successfully Defended an Employer Charged With Numerous OSHA Citations

McDowell Knight partner Will Chason successfully defended an employer charged with numerous OSHA citations following the death of one of its employees.  OSHA aggressively investigated the incident, cited the employer for 12 alleged violations, and sought significant penalties.  Mr. Chason defended the employer early on, starting with preparing the employer’s management for interviews conducted by OSHA, then negotiating at the informal conference, and ultimately challenging each citation in court.


Based on Mr. Chason’s efforts, OSHA voluntarily withdrew many of the citations.  As to the remaining citations, Mr. Chason filed a motion with the court seeking to dismiss the citations prior to trial.  On February 25, 2019, the court granted the motion in favor of the employer and vacated the citations.