10 Most Common “Willful” Workplace Safety Violations

Here are the ten most common “serious” workplace safety violations, as identified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  1. Fall protection: Failing to provide adequate fall protection, such as guardrails or safety harnesses, to prevent falls from heights.
  2. Hazard communication: Failing to provide employees with information about the hazards present in the workplace and how to protect themselves.
  3. Scaffolding: Failing to properly construct or maintain scaffolding, which can result in falls and other injuries.
  4. Respiratory protection: Failing to provide adequate respiratory protection to employees working in hazardous environments.
  5. Lockout/tagout: Failing to properly control hazardous energy sources, such as electricity or machinery, which can result in serious injuries or death.
  6. Electrical wiring methods: Failing to properly install or maintain electrical wiring, which can result in electrical shock or fires.
  7. Powered industrial trucks: Failing to properly train or certify employees who operate powered industrial trucks, such as forklifts, which can result in accidents and injuries.
  8. Ladders: Failing to properly maintain ladders or provide adequate training on their use, which can result in falls.
  9. Machine guarding: Failing to properly guard machinery to prevent injuries from contact with moving parts.
  10. Electrical systems design: Failing to properly design electrical systems, which can result in electrical shock or fires.

By complying with these and other safety regulations, employers can help to prevent serious

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