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OSHA released their annual list of the 10 most common safety violations in 2017, and it is no surprise that fall protection topped the list. It accounted for approximately 6,072 cases (almost a third) making it one of the leading causes of workplace injury or death. Not only will you likely be fined if caught violating this regulation but your company could also face serious penalties like halting work at all sites until improvements are made to provide proper means for preventing falls from height.
Construction workers are more often given adequate fall protection in 2016, according to OSHA. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued nearly 7,000 citations related to inadequate falls last year alone- a drop from the previous two years that indicates companies are making an effort to provide this safety measure for all employees tasked with navigating elevated structures on job sites.
However, there is always room for improvement. Environmental Health and Safety stakeholders interested in more effectively protecting their employees from falls should connect with ProcessMAP today. Our state-of-the-art hazard analysis and incident management software can help EHS make real headway in this area and avoid contributing to the OSHA Top 10.
Check back soon for a deeper look at OSHA’s Top 10 citations in 2017!