Making certain rankings is bad, especially when they involve workplace dangers. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration recently released its list of the top 10 hazards for fiscal year 2018, all of which could lead to workplace accidents.
Once again, dangers associated with falling at construction sites was cited most frequently by OSHA inspectors. Four of the 10 top ranked hazards involved this risk. These hazards, including falls from roofs or ladders, is a continuing trend. Approximately half of OSHA’s 30,000 inspections were conducted at construction sites.
The list also included violations of three other OSHA requirements pertaining to construction workers. These violations include failing to have construction workers who are exposed to risks of falling from heights of at least six feet wear harnesses and other protective gear, failing to provide guardrail protection, and failing to provide training on fall avoidance.
The top 10 list also includes the general failure to inform workers of the dangers of chemicals and other hazardous materials with which they may be working, failure to provide worker respiratory protection from dangerous fumes and dust, and failure to ensure that machinery has lockout or tagout protection that prevents it from starting during repairs.
A new violation made this list in 2018. Citations for failure to provide shatter-proof eyeglasses and other eye and face protection was ranked tenth.
Other violations involved powered industrial trucks such as forklifts, machine guarding, and use of eye and face protection in construction. Violating electrical wiring requirements was on this list in previous years but did not make it in 2018.
Those who are injured in workplace accidents may have a lot with which to deal. They may have lost income and unexpected medical expenses that throw their finances into disarray. This is why individual who have been hurt on the job may want to work with a California attorney to seek workers’ compensation benefits and, if warranted, damages based on a third-party claim