All workers are entitled to a reasonably safe workplace. No one should have to unnecessarily risk his or her life just to bring home a paycheck. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) works to inspect and investigate jobsites across the country to enforce safety protocols designed to prevent workplace accidents and save lives. Unfortunately, many employers fail to comply with OSHA’s safety regulations. According to OSHA, these are the top 10 violations of 2018:
- Fall protection (general requirements) – People working from heights need to have certain safety equipment. Whether workers are working on a lift, roof, or other high location, there are many rules and safety procedures to implement to keep everyone safe.
- Hazard communication – Every type of chemical needs to have the appropriate safety warning so workers know how to handle them. When hazardous chemicals do not have the appropriate warnings, works can suffer life-threatening injuries.
- Scaffolding – Scaffolding is absolutely necessary in the construction industry, but it does present serious dangers. Safety procedures, including the type and quality of the wood used, need to be followed exactly to avoid scaffolding accidents.
- Respiratory protection – Anytime a worker is exposed to potentially dangerous airborne conditions, they need to be given the appropriate safety equipment to prevent lung damage and other serious toxic exposure injuries.
- Lockout/tagout – Electric components can be extremely dangerous. When proper lockout/tagout procedures aren’t followed, they can cause or contribute to workplace electrocutions.
- Ladders – Ladders are extremely common in many work environments. Despite how common they are, many people do not follow proper safety procedures when using ladders. Falling from a ladder could cause permanent and debilitating injuries.
- Powered industrial trucks – All vehicles are dangerous, but industrial trucks like forklifts are particularly dangerous. In order to operate most industrial trucks, workers must complete safety courses and obtain a certification. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.
- Fall protection (training requirements) – Employers are responsible for providing all necessary training to workers. Anyone that works from a height must receive proper training to prevent accidents.
- Machine guarding – Heavy machinery can be very dangerous. Machines should have guards in place to prevent workers from getting their limbs caught in the machines. Without proper guarding, permanent injuries are sure to happen.
- Eye and face protection – Even the most basic safety equipment can mean the difference between life and death. Items like goggles, masks, and hard hats protect the face and head from a variety of potential workplace dangers.
Workers Have Rights
All workers have rights, regardless of citizenship status. If you or someone you love was injured on the job, you may be able to seek compensation. Contact the experienced Texas workplace injury lawyer at Dax F. Garza, P.C. today for a free consultation to discuss your case.