Every year, OSHA releases a list of their top 10 safety citations in rank order. The most recently available list is below. This list provides some valuable insights into where employers are failing to provide workers with safe workplaces, resulting in fines that eat into profits.
- Fall protection
- Hazard communication
- Respiratory protection
- Powered industrial trucks
- Machine guarding
- Electrical wiring
- Electrical, general requirements
At the very top of this list is the number-one cause of worker fatalities and a focus of OSHA’s recent Fall Prevention Campaign. Falls resulted in nearly 40% of all construction worker fatalities is 2015.
The good news is that worker fatalities and injuries from falls are completely preventable. OSHA outlines the three basic steps every employer is obligated to take to help prevent these accidents from occurring. They include the following:
- Planning ahead – Take time to evaluate the risks on the new job site and the type of fall protection needed to lower the risk of worker injury or death.
- Make the correct fall protection devices available to workers – The type of fall protection needed may vary by the type of work being done. Equipping your workers with the right “tool” for the job ensures they stay safe.
- Train your workers on how to use the fall protection equipment – Worker training is very important. If workers have the right equipment but are uncertain how to properly use it they’re still at an unacceptably high risk for injury.
Making sure that workers on each of your job sites have the right type of fall protection and are properly trained how to use it can greatly reduce the human and financial costs that come with worker injuries.
If you have questions about providing the right type of fall protections for your workers or if you’re interested in creating a safety plan for your business feel free to give us a call at 864.905.7835