2015 OSHA Violations Gives Us a Clearer Picture of Dangers in Workplace

Workers put their trust in employers to provide them with a safe workplace. In fact, it is the right of all workers to have a work environment free from hazards. Yet, it is sadly the case that so many employers fall short of their requirements, and it is often the workers who end up paying the price.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the organization that inspects workplaces and issues citations to businesses that violate safety regulations. OSHA has released a top ten list of the most commonly cited violations for 2015, in some cases naming specific businesses who have violated safety codes.

In order to provide workers with a clearer picture of their workplace safety and, hopefully, to help reduce the number of workplace injuries and fatalities, OSHA makes these lists public. Here is a summary of their list of top 10 workplace violations for 2015:

OSHA’s Top Ten List for 2015

  • Fall Protection – 7,402 citations – These safety regulations are put in place to prevent one of the most common and dangerous of all workplace injuries – falls. These accidents are especially frequent in industries like construction.
  • Hazard Communication – 5,681 citations – Exposure to dangerous chemicals can cause a number of serious health conditions, such as respiratory injury and burns.
  • Scaffolding – 4,681 violations – Scaffolding collapses are far too common on constructions sites, leading to a number of workplace injuries and fatalities every year.
  • Respiratory Protection – 3,626 violations – This regulation is designed to protect workers from airborne contaminants such as harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors.
  • Lockout/Tagout – 3,308 violations – These regulations set out safety protocol for maintenance and repair of electrical equipment.
  • Powered Industrial Trucks – 3,004 violations – These regulations set out safety measures for “ fire protection, design, maintenance, and use of fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines.”
  • Ladders – 2,732 violations – Ladder safety measures are key in the workplace, especially due to the fact that failure to maintain and secure a ladder can result in falls from great heights.
  • Electrical, Wiring Methods – 2,624 violations – These regulations include provisions to protect workers from electrical hazards resulting from ungrounded wiring.
  • Machine Guarding – 2,540 violations – Machine-guarding regulations require employers to safeguard workers from hazards of machines in the workplace, including hand tools.
  • Electrical, General Requirements – 2,181 violations – Examination, inspection and use of electrical equipment are key parts of this safety regulation.

All employers should make note of these violations so that they can avoid citations and, more importantly, keep their workers as safe as possible. No one wants to make this list, especially employees who could potentially fall victim to injuries caused by unsafe work environments.

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