The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) sets specific regulations to ensure that all employers provide a safe workplace for their employees. Thousands of OSHA inspectors visit worksites across the country every year and these were the top ten most frequently cited OSHA standards in 2015:
- Fall Protection – Employees that work at heights need to have appropriate safety gear to protect them from falls. This can include harnesses and/or safety nets.
- Hazard Communication – Employees must be informed of any hazards they might face on the jobsite. Communication can be conveyed through container labeling, warning signs, safety data sheets, and employee training.
- Scaffolding – When constructing and using scaffolding, certain safety standards must be met to ensure the scaffolding can support the weight of those working on it.
- Respiratory Protection – For workers exposed to air contaminated with harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors, employers must utilize control measures like ventilation or individual respirators.
- Lockout/Tagout – Because some machines or equipment have the potential to store energy and release it spontaneously in the form of an electric charge, employers must meet federally mandated safety requirements designed to reduce the likelihood of electrocution.
- Powered Industrial Trucks – Trucks and other industrial vehicles used on a worksite must meet safety requirements for fire protection, design, maintenance, and use.
- Ladders – Ladders must meet certain weight requirements to be used on the jobsite.
- Electrical Wiring Methods – Only specific wiring methods are allowed on a jobsite to reduce the likelihood of electrocution and electrical fires.
- Machine Guarding – Machines are required to have appropriate guarding to protect employees from hazards like flying chips, sparks, and rotating parts among others.
- General Electrical Requirements – Proper training, appropriate protective devices, and careful installation are crucial when working with or around electricity.
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While OSHA’s workplace safety standards help prevent thousands of job-related injuries each year, some employers are negligent in their duties to provide a safe work environment. If you were injured on the job because of one of the most frequently cited OSHA standards or other negligence by your employer, call the experienced Houston workplace accident attorneys at Plezia & Associates. We can help you get compensation for your injuries and hold your employer responsible. Contact us today for a free consultation.