The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) works to provide safe working environments and enforces health and safety regulations in workplaces across the U.S. Every American employer, worker, and manufacturer is required to observe OSHA rules. When OSHA codes are ignored, the result can be dangerous – and sometimes fatal.
Workplace injuries can end a person’s career or affect the most important aspects of life, including health and financial wellbeing. Affected workers deserve compensation, but are often unaware that an OSHA violation led to their injury. An experienced attorney will work with industry experts to determine this and more.
There are four different kinds of OSHA workplace violations:
- Willful violations: occur when employers knowingly ignore OSHA requirements.
- Serious violations: involve workplace hazards that could cause a serious injury or fatality.
- Repeated violations: are cited when OSHA has previously found a workplace to commit the same violation.
- Other-than-serious conditions are those with potential to compromise workplace health and safety, but that do not cause likely risk of serious accidents or injuries
Most workplaces are required by law to prominently display OSHA posters and information that explain workplace safety rights and obligations to employees.
Most Common Violations
Industrial accidents make up the majority of OSHA rule violations. When industrial safety regulations aren’t observed, serious injuries or fatal accidents can result.
The most common OSHA workplace safety violations include:
Protection against falls in the workplace must be provided in the construction industry for employees working at elevations six feet or higher. OSHA also requires fall protection for workers completing tasks above dangerous machinery, regardless of their elevation.
OSHA requirements for scaffolding emphasize safety guidelines for fall protection, structural stability, weight capacity and more.
Under OSHA rules, all ladders used in the workplace should be capable of supporting a certain weight. OSHA also enforces rules regarding safe design of ladder rungs, cleats, and steps.
Any moving machine part with a potential danger to workers must be enclosed by a cover, shield, or railing. These measures are intended to protect workers from injuries such as crushed hands, amputations, burns, or blindness.
Worksite trucks, tractors and forklifts
Powered industrial machinery like fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, or any other truck with an electric motor or internal combustion engine is required to meet OSHA guidelines. These workplace vehicles must have fire protection and comply with design and maintenance safety measures.