The mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to protect employees across all industries in all parts of the United States. OSHA fulfills this mission by providing educational initiatives and conducting onsite inspections. The latter can be challenging for companies because the inspections are comprehensive and the penalties are severe. As a matter of fact, if you receive an OSHA citation, contact an OSHA attorney at Cotney Construction Law right away.
The key to not being cited by OSHA is preparation. Knowledge is a key component of that. This is where OSHA’s list of the most cited violations comes in. This yearly list provides insight on the issues that are most important to OSHA. By adjusting your safety program to match these points of emphasis, you can save money and prevent injury.
Here are the top five most cited violations, according to OSHA for 2017:
- Fall protection: Unfortunately, this is the most cited violation nearly every year and the numbers are growing. In 2015, falls were responsible for 37 percent of all jobsite deaths. If one of your workers is fatally injured on your construction site, it’s important to contact a OSHA defense attorney as soon as possible.
- Hazard communication: Citations stemmed from a lack of proper hazard communication information or poor access to safety sheets.
- Scaffolding: These violations are particularly dangerous because it leads to falls. Companies were cited for improper access to surfaces or not having guardrails.
- Respiratory protection: Citations in this area stemmed from a lack of medical evaluations and a lack of a proper respiratory protection program.
- Lockout/Tagout: Companies were cited for a lack of training programs and incomplete inspections.
For items 6-10, see part two of this series.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.