The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) law requires all employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are “free of known dangers.” The administration was created to set and enforce laws and conditions for employee safety. OSHA protects worker rights and even industry whistle-blowers in order to preserve a safe environment for American laborers.
One of the most investigated incidents by the OSHA is death or serious injury of workers while on the job. It is no secret that some jobs pose a greater risk than others. It is even more important that those workers who are putting their lives at risk have a safe environment free of any known dangers and can count on preventative measures for any unknown, yet possible, risks.
Since the beginning of OSHA in 1970, the amount of workplace fatal injuries have dropped by 66% while the workforce has almost doubled. In order to maintain as much safety as possible, the OSHA released a list of the top safety violations committed by companies in 2014. By making this knowledge public, OSHA hopes that companies will follow in suit and be sure that these violations do not make it into their already dangerous work environments.
Here are the top 10 OSHA violations
- Fall Protection (1926.501) – 6,721
- Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,192
- Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,295
- Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,305
- Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 3,002
- Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,760
- Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,489
- Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,404
- Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,295
- Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 1,973
Workplace injuries have a detrimental impact on the employees, their families and even the reputation of the employers themselves. While Austin, Texas is ever growing, the construction sites are popping up everywhere, calling for large amounts of construction workers. These dangerous work sites should be absolutely certain that all equipment is up to date in order to avoid violations as well as injuries.
If you or someone you know has recently been injured in a workplace accident due to an OSHA violation, contact Colley & Colley law firm because you may be eligible for compensation. The attorneys at Colley & Colley law firm in Austin, Texas have extensive experience in assisting those injured in the workplace with valid compensation.