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Common OSHA violations highlight importance of workplace safety

In Los Angeles, employers must make sure that their workplaces diligently adhere to all applicable safety standards. Failure to do so can not only result in lost revenue thanks to injured employees, but it can also bring about serious legal reprisal. Here at Sacks & Zolonz, LLP , we’ve seen the harm that can befall an employer who forgoes proper safety measures. That’s why we counsel our clients on how they can prevent violations and ensure proper safety measures are upheld at all times.

The National Safety Council highlights some of the more common violations taking place in recent years as cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). For instance, scaffolding came in third among the top ten violations. Scaffolding design is crucial in worker safety, and OSHA found issues with design and application of scaffolding on work sites. Chemical hazard communication is the second most common violation, which concerns the proper handling and storage of dangerous chemicals during the course of work.

The top violation as cited by OSHA involves fall protection, which can pose a real risk on many different work sites. According to OSHA, employers must take responsibility for implementing fall protection procedures by designing and installing devices capable of keeping workers from experiencing falls. The most cited section concerned residential construction, with 4,079 violations in 2015.

In an effort to increase engagement with employers, OSHA has requested supplemental information along with commonly collected data regarding violations. This includes info on specific injuries, such as amputations, and information on hospitalized workers. OSHA has also changed the way subsequent inspections are ranked in order to create more effective strategies when reporting incidents. If you’d like more information on how employers can protect themselves against accident claims, please feel free to visit us online.

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