OSHA draws attention to common workplace dangers

Workers in Kentucky might often face dangerous conditions on the job. At the 2018 National Safety Council Congress, a deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed some of the leading workplace safety violations that workers are likely to encounter. Many of these violations could lead to serious workplace accidents and injuries, some even preventing people from returning to their workplaces.

The leading workplace safety violation cited by federal regulators has remained the same for the previous few years: failing to provide proper fall protection. Employees' lives and health are at risk when working on heights, and employers have a responsibility to provide proper equipment to prevent falls and to protect workers' lives in case of an incident. However, 7,270 employers were cited for violating this standard in the past year. Some failed to provide fall protection gear near unprotected edges or on roofs. Construction workers were the most likely to suffer from this type of violation.

Construction and other building industries were often the location of other common violations as well. Scaffolding violations came in at number three on the OSHA list with 3,336 violations found in the previous year. Some scaffolds were not adequately supported while in other cases, workers were once again not provided with fall protection equipment or even guardrails. Even training requirements for fall protection were often violated: There were 1,982 violations of this workplace safety standard. Employers failed to provide proper training or ensure that it was competently presented.

When workers are injured on the job, they could face long recovery periods or permanent disabilities. It can be made worse when workers know that their injuries are the result of their employer's safety violations. A workers' compensation lawyer may help injured workers protect their rights and seek the benefits they deserve.

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