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OSHA announces top 10 workplace safety violations for 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced its annual top 10 list of workplace safety violations reported in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. The list includes violations cited by inspectors between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018. All but one of the violations has appeared on the list in previous years.

The top violation involved failure to provide fall protection, with 7,270 citations issued. This violation has topped OSHA's annual list for several years, and it has been frequently issued to contractors in the roofing, framing, masonry and new single-family housing construction industries. The second most common violation was failure to provide hazard communication, with 4,552 citations issued. This type of citation was often handed out to employers in the auto repair and hotel industries. The third most common violation was failure to meet general scaffolding requirements, with 3,336 citations issued. This type of citation was issued mostly to masonry, siding and framing contractors.

The fourth most common violation was failure to provide respiratory protection, with 3,118 citations issued. Employers in the auto body finishing, painting and wall covering business were often slapped with this type of violation. Failure to meet lockout/tagout requirements was the fifth most common violation, with 2,944 citations issued. This type of violation was handed out to a variety of employers. Violations involving ladders, power industrial trucks, fall protection training, machine guarding and personal protective equipment for eyes rounded out the top 10. This is the first time personal protective equipment for eyes made the list.

Employers are required to make workplace safety a top priority. When a worker suffers an on-the-job injury caused by a safety violation, workers' compensation benefits might be warranted. However, in certain circumstances, it may be advisable to file a personal injury lawsuit instead. An attorney could assess an injured worker's case and recommend the appropriate course of action.

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