In this two-part article we will continue discussing some of the most common OSHA violations in the construction industry. OSHA violations lead to hefty fines, which can put a strain on contractors and construction firms. As Orlando construction lawyers, we want to recommend safety tips to help construction professionals in preventing these OSHA violations. To view the first half of this article, please visit Part 1.
Improper Ladder Use
When it comes to improper ladder use in the construction industry, there are some common violations that OSHA is on the lookout for. These violations include damaged side rails, employees using the top ladder step, employees using an inappropriate ladder for a job, and excessive loads on ladders. To avoid these safety concerns, we suggest that construction companies regularly inspect all ladders. During the ladder maintenance routine, they should be checking to make sure all rungs and steps are in good condition, the steps are clean and free of grease or oil, and that the ladders are free of any splinters or sharp edges.
Insufficient Fall Protection
Falls are consistently at the top of the list that OSHA releases on the top violations in the construction industry. Falls are the leading cause of accidents on the job-site, and are one of the most common causes of workplace death in the construction industry. Because of their reputation, OSHA is not very forgiving when it comes to fall protection. As Orlando defense attorneys, we recommend that construction firms routinely monitor and evaluate their job-sites. They should always be on the lookout for any potential fall hazards by fixing holes, providing guardrails, and requiring their employees to use fall prevention systems such as nets and harnesses.
Two of the most commonly cited electrical hazards are exposure to electric shock and electrocution. To avoid electrical hazards, we suggest that employees are trained to understand their duties and responsibilities when it comes to electrical work. Qualified and unqualified electrical workers should be trained separately, to avoid any confusion.
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.