Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Workplace Injuries | 0 comments

The workplace is a worker’s second home away from their home. They spend 8 to 9 hours or sometimes even more in the office. For this reason, employees often feel safe at their workplace. However, accidents can happen anytime and the workplace is no exception to the rule. Workplace injuries can strike any employee in the performance of their work. According to the website of The Benton Law Firm, approximately 4,400 workers were killed on the job around the country in 2012. From this number, 20% came from workplace accidents in construction sites.

The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) revealed that most of the deaths in the construction industry came from falls, object strikes, electrocution, and caught in/between. The OSHA calls them the “Fatal Four.” The agency noted that if risk reduction measures were in place, accidents in construction sites would decrease by 50 percent.

Companies have the responsibility to ensure they adhere to safety standards and make the workplace a safe place to work in for their employees. Unfortunately, a huge number of companies have failed on the aspect of workplace safefty. The OSHA has cited various workplace violatrions which has resulted to the death or injury of workers. Here are 10 of the most frequent workplace safety violations as listed by the OSHA.

1. Fall Protection. Falls is considered as one of the “Fatal Four” causes of workplace accidents. For this reason, they should see to it that they have installed fall protection measures such as harnesses. For elevated job sites, there should be guard rails, toe boards, and safety nets.

2. Hazard Communication. Workers should be properly warned and informed about potential hazards specially the customers who are working on chemicals. This should be indicated in the label or safety data sheet.

3. Scaffolding. In order to complete some tasks, a scaffolding is oftern required. 7 out of 10 accidents happen when the planking or support gives way, workers slip or struck by falling objects.

4. Respiratory Protection. When noxious gases are inhaled, the worker can instantly die or acquire long term diseases. Thus, offices must provide employees with respirators to protect them from harmful dusts, fogs, smoke, gases, vapors, mists, and sprays.

5. Lockout/Tagout. This has sonething to do with the regulation of hazardous sources of energy such as electrical, pneumatic, mechanical, thermal, and chemical. Management must see to it that machines or equipment are diasbled before they are serviced by machine operators and electricians.

6. Powered Industrial Trucks. Employees are at risk of getting injured or killed due to heavy objects flipping over as a result of the weight loaded, falling off of docks, and striking other employees. Management must ensure that the workers who are operating forklifts are trained or certified. Employees who are below 18 years old must not be allowed to operate these machines.

7. Ladders. Maintenance personnel tasked to change a lightbulb are extremely at risk of getting injured due to the ladder’s stability issues or potential for falling. Likeiwse, some employees are required to use tall ladders in awkward locations in the performance of their jobs. Managers should make sure that the ladders the employees are using is structurally sound to suport the weight of the workers and that the rungs are free from slipping hazards such as oil and wet paint.

8. Electrical-Wiring Methods. Electrical work is a hazardous job and while this is applicable only to electricians and other related workers, every employee must be kept safe from wiring hazards. Thus wiring should be carefully installed and should be done by qualified personnel.

9. Machine Guarding. Moving machine components may subject employees to various injuries such as burns, lacerations, crush, amputation of a body part, or worse death. For this reason, it is important that all machines with moving parts, must be safeguarded all he time.

10. Electrical – General Requirements – Although associated with the 8th violation, this safety standard covers all safety regulations for electrical tasks such as PPE, job planning requirements, and circuit exposure.

Workplace injuries can be avoided and reduced as long as management will ensure that the workplace safety aspect is covered and guaranteed.

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