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OSHA announces 10 most cited violations for 2012: part two

Last week we introduced OSHA's top 10 most violated safety standards for fiscal year 2012, which ran from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sep. 30, 2012. The first half of their list highlighted safety violations in the areas of electrical systems, industrial trucks and machine guarding systems.

The top five most violated standards identify some of the biggest safety problems facing the nation's employers - and, more importantly, their employees. Addressing some of these errors could be an important step in minimizing workplace accidents.

The five most frequently violated safety standards in fiscal year 2012 were:

5. Standard regulations governing requirements for ladder safety were violated 2,310 times. Ladder safety is essential because the heights involved and precarious position of ladders users leaves them vulnerable to dangerous falls.

4. The respiratory protection standard came in with 2,371 violations. This rule directs employers on establishing a respiratory protection program and lists requirements for administration and procedures.

3. The standard that covers safety requirements for scaffolding was violated 3,814 times in 2012.

2. The hazard communication standard addresses the hazards of chemicals in the workplace and regulates how those hazards are communicated to workers. It was violated 4,696 times during the fiscal year.

And the most violated OSHA standard was...

1. Fall protection remains an area where employers across the country need improvement. OSHA's fall protection standard outlines when protection is required, how to implement safety systems and how to supervise work to prevent falls. It saw a whopping 7,250 violations.

If you or a loved one have been injured on the job because of an employer's carelessness or unsafe conditions, it is wise to speak with a personal injury attorney experienced in workers' compensation matters. They can help you navigate the court and workers' compensation systems to seek the best possible outcome in your case.

Source: National Safety Council, "Examining the Top 10"

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