Are You a Proactive Employer?
A safe and healthy work environment is critical for everyone. Under OSHA law, construction employers have a duty to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards. It takes a proactive employer to achieve a healthy and safe work environment. This will entail working with employees to prevent and recognize hazards before they become a problem. A wise employer will work diligently to provide an environment where employees can be comfortable and productive day in and day out.
Frequently Cited Violations
Every year OSHA releases a list of the most frequently violated standards that are cited during an inspection. This list can serve as a resource to employers to help them assess where they stand as it relates to compliance. The following standards are the top violations across all industries.
- A lack of fall protection for workers working at heights six feet or more
- A poor hazard communication programs
- Unsafe scaffolding conditions
- Inefficient respiratory protection
- Poor lockout/tagout procedures
- Powered industrial truck violations
- Improper ladder use
- Lack of machine guarding
- Electrical violations and design
This list is only a starting point and not a means to overlook other safety issues within their workplace. For a more extensive list of regulations that affects the construction industry, we recommend you visit OSHA’s website.
Inspections are a routine part of the construction industry whether you are conducting your own or an OSHA inspector knocks on your door unexpectedly. There are certain circumstances that may prompt an inspection of your workplace. Be advised that a Boca Raton OSHA defense attorney is recommended when an inspection occurs due to more serious infractions. These include:
- Employee complaints
- A high-hazard workplace
- Referrals from another entity
- An increase in accidents and fatalities
- A follow-up inspection
No matter the reason for the inspection, you need to be prepared with a set of procedures in place to make your experience with an inspector go smoother.
Consult a Boca Raton OSHA Defense Lawyer
Our attorneys routinely defend contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers and others in the construction industry against OSHA citations and complaints. We have an in-depth understanding of the OSHA inspection and citation process and can provide guidance to employers facing accusations of noncompliance. If you have questions regarding OSHA audits, inspections, or fighting a citation, a Boca Raton OSHA defense attorney is here to help you mitigate safety risks and represent your best interest during the citation and inspection process.
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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.