Every year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a report detailing the most common safety violations in American workplaces. This report helps OSHA identify problem areas and violations that are commonly repeated. It also serves as a reminder for businesses of the importance of compliance with regulations.
No matter what industry you work in, employers are required to ensure a safe working environment. That includes proper training, maintaining safe property, providing protective gear when necessary, and complying with all regulations.
Top 10 Most Common OSHA Violations
For 2017, OSHA listed the following as the top 10 most common violations:
- Fall protection (general requirements)
- Hazard communication
- Respiratory protection
- Powered industrial trucks
- Machine guarding
- Fall protection (specific to training)
- Electrical (specific to wiring methods)
Some of these top 10 were also included in the 2016 report, such as ladders, fall protection, and powered industrial trucks. One new violation making the top 10 list is the fall protection specific to training (number 9). The addition of training violations means that businesses need to be diligent in properly training employees. Training should include full training for the position and for any relevant protective equipment.
OSHA Violations and Your Legal Rights
Under federal law, all workers are entitled to a safe work environment. Employers must provide a work environment that is free of health and safety hazards. If you are concerned about the safety of your work environment, it is within your rights to contact OSHA and file a complaint. You also are entitled to legal representation if you are concerned about your health, or you have sustained an injury. To learn more about your legal rights, contact The Law Offices of George S. Henderson to speak with our workers’ compensation attorney.