OSHA Announces the Top Ten Workplace Safety Violations in 2012By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on November 7, 2012 | In Workers Compensation
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced the top ten most-cited workplace safety violations in 2012. Any of these violations could lead to a potentially serious on-the-job injury or illness.
The most often-cited workplace violations in 2012 included:
- Lack of general fall protection, like guardrails, harnesses, or safety nets;
- Lack of proper communication about physical, chemical, or other hazards;
- Problems with scaffolding or ladders;
- Lack of proper respiratory protection when working with substances that are potentially dangerous to inhale;
- Improper or missing machine guards or lockout/tagout procedures;
- Problems with powered industrial trucks; and
- Electrical problems – both general problems and problems with wiring methods.
Failure to guard against falls can cause serious spinal cord or head injuries if a worker falls. Guardrails are a common means of helping workers avoid falls, as are safety harnesses, nets, and similar equipment in areas where guardrails can’t be used. Problems with scaffolding and ladders are a frequent cause of falls.
Improper respiratory equipment can cause not only acute injuries from inhalation, but can also contribute to many types of occupational diseases caused by chronic exposure to irritants. Failure to communicate properly with workers about hazards can lead to occupational diseases or illnesses as well, along with many types of serious injuries depending on the hazard involved.
If you’ve been injured at work and need help navigating the workers’ compensation system, a dedicated southern California workers’ compensation attorney at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help. Call us today at (800) 438-7734 for a free, confidential consultation.