As a business owner in California, the last thing you want is for one of your employees to get hurt or killed in a workplace accident. Not only is there the potential for loss of life, but also the rise in costs that can occur if you have a workers’ compensation claim or have to train a new employee to take the injured employee’s place. The Department of Labor’s blog lists the top OSHA violations that produce the most injuries and fatalities so you know what to watch out for in your industry.
The highest number of employee fatalities are caused by falls, which makes fall protection one of the most important violations to be aware of. Always be sure that everything possible is done to protect your workers from falling, including proper training. Scaffolding and ladder issues are other common violations reported by researchers which can contribute to the risk of falling.
Efficient communication about hazards is also essential to employee safety. Violations of this type are the second largest contributor to workplace deaths. You can prevent this issue with sufficient training and safety regulations.
The other violations that make up the rest of the top 10 most dangerous OSHA violations include issues with powered industrial trucks, machine guarding, and lockout or tagout. Electrocution is another great risk, as evidenced by the fact that violations of electrical wiring and other electrical requirements are also on the list. This information is meant to educate you on the greatest risks to your employees and should not be taken as legal advice.