For nearly 15 years, Dana Svendsen has represented general industry, construction, and mining clients for matters including compliance issues, as well as policy, legislative, and regulatory concerns, involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
Dana routinely handles OSHA and MSHA civil and criminal enforcement actions and whistleblower claims. She has extensive experience involving the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act, and other state and federal safety and health regulations. Dana has helped her clients resolve and avoid numerous willful and serious OSHA citations, along with MSHA enforcement alleging unwarrantable failures to comply with the law. Dana’s background as a civil engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers her clients deep technical knowledge and a strategic advantage in workplace health and safety matters.
Dana counsels and represents companies seeking to contest citations, orders, and proposed penalty assessments arising from MSHA and OSHA enforcement as well as representing them in the investigations that follow catastrophic events, serious injuries, and fatalities. In addition, Dana handles a range of management-side employment law matters, including providing preventive advice and counseling.
Dana is active in a number of organizations, including Opera Colorado and the Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. Dana has been recognized for her industry leadership and is the 2016 recipient of the Rodman C. Stewart Memorial Safety Leadership Award awarded by the Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. Dana has authored several published materials, is a frequent speaker on safety and health topics, and has administered innovative training for supervisory employees under OSHA and MSHA.