Every year, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announces the top violations for that year. The list serves as a reminder of the most frequently cited safety hazards, helping workers—and their employers—become more aware of the risks of work-related injuries. The list presents some of the most severe safety hazards of the past year.
The top ten OSHA violations for 2017 are:
Fall Protection: This is always a huge category, because there are many fatalities caused by falls – especially in construction, but also in general industry.
Hazard Communication: Any employer that uses hazardous chemicals must have a written hazard communication program. They must label all containers and provide safety data sheets and employee training.
Scaffolding: Violations include issues with scaffolding construction, lack of guardrails, and employee access to scaffolding surfaces.
Respiratory Protection: Violations include failure to conduct medical exams for workers who use respirators, and failure to have a written respiratory-protection program.
Lockout/Tagout: Violations include failure to train workers or conduct periodic inspections.
Ladders: Improper use of ladders accounted for many citations.
Powered Industrial Trucks: Improper forklift use and training account for numerous violations.
Machine Guarding: Point-of-operations hazards were the most common violations in this category.
Fall Protection Training Requirements: There were many violations in this category this year, but it did not make the top ten list last year.
Electrical Wiring Methods: Frequent violations included improper use of extension cords.Your employer is responsible for creating a safe work environment. But as the list above indicates, not every employer is scrupulous in doing so. If you have suffered a work injury, contact a Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross. Call 267-589-0090 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. We know how to protect your rights.