Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes their list of the violations that receive the most citations for the current year. This list serves as a way to show companies OSHA’s points of emphasis and provide a look at what they may be lacking when it comes to protecting their employees.
While the entries seem to remain the same each year, 1-5 are the same from 2016, the list is still an important tool to use in compliance. Not only do you want to keep our employees safe, you need to avoid costly citations, as well. If you do receive an OSHA citation, it’s critical to go over the details with an OSHA lawyer.
In the first part of this series, we provided the top five OSHA citations for 2017. Equally important, are citations 6-10 on the list:
6. Ladders: Improper use of ladders or using damaged ladders has been a point of emphasis for OSHA in recent years. Poor ladder practices have led to numerous injuries and fatalities.
7. Powered industrial trucks: To avoid citations in this area, training must be thorough and consistent. Once a worker has been trained, a refresher will be needed 1-2 years later. Not following this practice has led to violations.
8. Machine guarding: Companies received this violation for exposing points of operation, which creates the potential for serious injury.
9. Fall protection (training requirements): New to the list, this citation was given to companies for not using fall protection equipment properly and not training employees on fall hazards.
10. Electrical wiring: This violation was given for improper wiring methods.
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