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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Releases Top Safety Violations for 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Releases Top Safety Violations for 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced their 2018 list of most frequent workplace safety violations at the 2018 NSC Congress and Expo. This event is the world’s largest annual convention of safety professionals and aims to eliminate preventable deaths at home, in the workplace, and in communities across the nation.

The annual rankings that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) puts out generally have little variation year to year, but the last violation noted on the list this year was not present on the 2017 list.

Eye and face protection, or the lack thereof, was the 10th most common workplace safety violation in 2018. Cited issues include failing to provide eye and face protection when employees are exposed to flying objects and permitting employees to wear subpar combinations of prescription and safety eyewear that detract from the latter’s protective qualities.

“Typically, we don’t see a lot of changes from year to year,” Patrick Kapust, OSHA’s deputy director, told attendees. “We like to encourage employers to use [the top 10 safety violations] as a guide as to what they should look at in their workplace.”

This preliminary data covers violations reported from October of 2017 to September of 2018 and will most likely remain consistent through to the final rankings that OSHA will release in the December edition of the National Safety Council’s magazine.

“Knowing how workers are hurt can go a long way toward keeping them safe,” said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “The OSHA Top 10 list calls out areas that require increased vigilance to ensure everyone goes home safely each day.”

Any individual who believes they were affected by any safety violations, or who works in an environment with compromised safety, should not hesitate in reaching out to the lawyers at Christmas Law Firm, LLC. Our knowledgeable attorneys could help you pursue any legal actions you wish to take in pursuit of compensation for damages caused by employer negligence within your workplace.

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