Effective preparation for and response to a crisis or emergency situation is a critical element of operating any business organization, but particularly when the business activities, materials or facilities present environmental, health, or safety risks. Robinson+Cole's Crisis Management and Emergency Response Group has hands-on experience in collaboratively assisting clients in their crisis and emergency planning and response efforts. We work with clients to evaluate and improve upon incident planning efforts, internal documentation standards, training programs, and audit exercises. We also team with clients and experts in various disciplines to provide on the ground coverage as well as mid-incident and post-incident agency and public interface counseling and services, evidentiary efforts, root cause analysis, origin and cause investigations, and the essential follow up, liability allocation or reallocation, or defense.
Our Crisis Management and Emergency Response Group experience extends from explosions and catastrophic releases of pollutants to defective products and homeland security matters. Our team members have worked in a variety of client industries and have experience with incidents involving fires and explosions, tank, vessel, and pipeline failures, contaminated public water supply, maritime events, fatalities and injuries, property damage, environmental and natural resource impacts, business interruption, governmental investigations and enforcement and oversight, employment considerations, and all related litigation.
Provided on-site response within one hour of explosion in Connecticut that resulted in the death of three employees and damage throughout the town, handling all on-site investigations and dealing directly with OSHA investigators. Worked with privately retained expert to determine the cause of the explosion. Negotiated the citation at local level and regional office, minimizing the number and severity of the sanctions and settling the case.
Represented Connecticut client in matter where an employee died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning after a severe storm cut off power and allowed carbon monoxide to accumulate throughout the building. Negotiations with OSHA resulted in no citation issued against the client on the theory of “act of god.” State's attorney indicted company for negligent homicide. OSHA resisted involvement in local criminal matter, but we obtained an order from the district court compelling its attendance in the state court criminal action. The result was a not guilty verdict.
Representation of a company where a failure of compressed gas tank at its Connecticut facility resulted in significant injuries to several employees. Robinson+Cole was on site within hours and dealt with local OSHA personnel; state police; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the FBI. No citation was issued.