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Mark Farley Quoted on Workplace Safety Obligations During a Hurricane

Firm News | October 13, 2016

Mark Farley, co-head of the Environmental and Workplace Safety practice, was quoted in Law360 regarding workplace safety concerns for companies following a hurricane. Regarding having employees participate in workplace clean-up efforts, Mark stated, "The fundamental question for an employer is: 'Should my employees be doing this?' It really is going to depend on the nature and extent of the damage. If you have a doubt about whether or not your employees are qualified, you probably should not be doing it. You should be talking to a contractor about having that work done." In addition to personnel, employers need to consider if they have the proper clean-up equipment. Mark noted, "Just sort of immediately rushing in, giving them plastic bags and sending them out, that probably is a recipe for someone getting hurt," potentially giving rise to OSHA complaints. ("Hurricane Winds Don’t Blow Over Employers' Legal Duties," October 13, 2016)