Every year, thousands of workers are injured on the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) works to protect people from on the job dangers by enforcing strict safety regulations. Here are the top ten workplace safety violations from 2017:
- Fall Protection: General Requirements – OSHA has numerous fall protection requirements, including utilizing guardrails and toe-boards, keeping all surfaces free of liquids, and notifying workers of any present dangers. Violating any one of these general requirements will result in a citation.
- Hazard Communication – Chemical manufacturers and distributors must properly communicate the dangers associated with hazardous chemicals.
- Scaffolding – Scaffolding is incredibly dangerous for workers. The wood used in scaffolding must meet certain standards to prevent collapse, and the scaffolding itself must meet certain engineering standards.
- Respiratory Protection – There are numerous substances that can cause respiratory injuries when inhaled. Workers dealing with chemicals or small airborne particles must be supplied with respiratory protection.
- Lockout/Tagout – All employers must put practices and procedures in place to safeguard employees from unexpected energization, the start up of a piece of machinery or equipment, and the sudden release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance.
- Ladders – Ladders are an obvious danger, but OSHA issues out many ladder citations each year. These citations can include surpassing a ladder’s maximum weight load, not properly supporting a ladder, and not keeping a minimum required distance away from individuals using the ladder.
- Powered Industrial Trucks – Industrial trucks or forklifts cause thousands of injuries each year. Workers need special permits to operate these vehicles and must always exercise caution when operating them near other workers.
- Machine Guarding – All machinery and equipment must have guards to protect workers from being snagged, caught, pinched, or entangled in the machinery.
- Fall Protection: Training Requirements – Employers are responsible for providing all necessary training to workers, including training on what safety precautions workers need to take to prevent falls.
- Electrical: Wiring Methods – Electrical work done by a licensed electrician can very easily cause electrocutions, explosions, or even fires.
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