Howard Mavity probably has tried more worker death cases than any other U.S. attorney. “I’ve tried 460-something death cases,” he notes, “and it makes you think about how they could be prevented.”
According to Mavity, as many as 70 percent of the death cases he’s represented involved “skilled, experienced employees making errors. Anecdotally, these were ‘good people,’ with families, who were considered reliable and trusted by their coworkers. But they got nonchalant – casual –about safety.”
Mavity, a partner in the Atlanta law office of Fisher & Phillips LLC, suggests that one of the biggest mistakes his clients can make is to allow repetition – a same thing/different day attitude – to permeate their safety culture and workplace. “They continually should be introducing new methods to remind employees about safety,” he suggests.
EHSToday.com Interview: Attorney Howard Mavity Discusses Leading and Lagging Indicators and OSHA