• And finally, train employees on
the proper usage of fall prevention equipment.
OSHA requires that fall protection
be provided at elevations of 4 feet in
general industry workplaces and 6 feet
in the construction industry. In addition,
OSHA requires that fall protection be provided when working
over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the
fall distance. For more information on how to prevent falls, visit
2. HAZARD COMMUNICATION, 5,681 VIOLATIONS
OSHA requires employers to communicate possible workplace hazards to employees in several ways. The top five sections
1910.1200(e)( 1) Developing, implementing and maintaining
a written hazard communication program: 1,746 violations.
1910.1200(h)( 1) Providing
effective information and training
on hazardous chemicals to workers:
1910.1200(g)( 8) Maintaining
Safety Data Sheets and keeping them readily accessible:
1910.1200(h)( 3)(iv) Employee training on the hazard communication program: 496 violations.
1910.1200(g)( 1) Developing and maintaining Safety
Data Sheets: 352 violations.
3. SCAFFOLDING, 4,681 VIOLATIONS
Employers must protect construction workers who
use scaffolding at heights of 10 feet or higher from falls
and falling objects. The top five sections cited were:
• 1926.451(g)( 1) Employee fall protection:
• 1926.451(e)( 1) Means of access to scaffold plat-
forms through means such as stairs or ladders:
• 1926.451(b)( 1) Platform to be fully planked or
decked between front uprights and guardrail sup-
ports: 577 violations.
• 1926.451(g)( 1)(vii) Fall arrest or guardrail systems on
unspecified scaffolds: 403 violations.
• 1926.451(c)( 2) Adequate firm foundation for sup-
ported scaffold poles, legs, posts, frames and uprights:
4. RESPIRATORY PROTECTION, 3,626 VIOLATIONS
An estimated 5 million U.S. workers are required to
wear respirators in 1. 3 million workplaces, according to
OSHA. Respirators protect against insufficient oxygen,
harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors and
sprays that might cause cancer, lung impairment, dis-
eases or death. Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory
Protection Standard could avert hundreds of deaths
ments: 670 violations.