OSHA Reveals Most Common Cause of Work-Safety Violations in the Carolinas

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released its top 10 most-cited workplace safety violations.

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For yet another year, fall protection is on top of the list by a decent margin. OurGreensboro worker’s compensation lawyers are committed to workplace safety.

The top 10 list in its entirety:

1. Fall Protection – 8,241 Violations
2. Hazard Communication – 6,156 Violations
3. Scaffolding – 5,423 Violations
4. Respiratory Protection – 3,829 Violations
5. Electrical, Wiring Methods – 3,452 Violations
6. Powered Industrial Trucks – 3,3,40 Violations
7. Ladders – 3,311 Violations
8. Lockout/Tagout – 3,254 Violations
9. Electrical, General Requirements – 2,745 Violations
10. Machine Guarding – 2,701 Violations

Fall protection is always a concern in the workplace and often accounts for a significant number of workplace injuries. There are a variety of reasons why falls occur including: wet or greasy floors, uneven walking surfaces, polished or freshly waxed floors, damaged or irregular steps, electrical cords and cables, missing handrails, and weather hazards.

Reliableplant.com delineates 6 ways to help prevent workplace slip and fall accidents.

The first way to prevent slip and falls in the workplace is to practice good housekeeping. This means that as a matter of routine all employees should be encouraged to clean up after themselves to maintain a clean work environment.

In order to create an effective housekeeping program an employer should plan ahead and make sure all employees know what needs to be done and who is responsible for what tasks.

A second important way to prevent slip and fall accidents is to reduce the amount of wet and slippery surfaces in the work place. These surfaces may include: parking lots, shower stalls in residential dorms, floors, food preparation areas, and sidewalks.

Changing weather conditions can alter the traction on outdoor surfaces significantly and the indoor surfaces can be affected when moisture is tracked in by pedestrians.

In order to help reduce the incidence of slip and fall accidents as a result of moisture an organization may utilize: moisture absorbent mats, “Wet Floor” display signs, area rugs, and anti-skid adhesive tape.

Third, All aisles and walkways should be kept clear of obstacles and clutter. Organizations should avoid stringing cables, cords, or air hoses across hallways or in designated aisles. Employers should also encourage safe work practices such as closing file cabinet drawer and picking up loose items from the floor.

Fourth, All areas of the workplace should be well-lit. This enables employees to see potential dangers and avoid them. Proper illumination in construction areas, basements, hallways, ramps, staircases, and walkways is key. Any broken switches or lights should be replaced immediately in these areas.

Reliable Plant also recommends that all employees wear proper shoes for the environment. The type of soles should be evaluated to avoid trips, falls, and slips. In addition, all shoelaces should be tied properly.

Finally, individual employees should be warned of dangerous activities like running through dangerous areas, using a cellphone, and carrying materials which obstruct vision.

Contact our Carolina worker’s compensation attorneys today by calling 800-887-1965.

More Blog Posts:
Contact with Object or Equipment Causes Substantial Workplace Fatalities, North Carolina Worker’s Compensation Blog, October 7, 2013.

Fatal Transportation injuries are Primary Cause of Workplace Fatalities, North Carolina Worker’s Compensation Blog, October 1, 2013.

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