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OSHA shares list of most commonly reported safety violations

No matter the occupational field, there are always dangers that employers must be aware of in order to ensure the safety of employees. In the event of a serious accident, inspectors from OSHA will likely conduct an inspection to determine whether there were any safety violations that contributed to the accident. Missouri workers who are concerned about the safety of their workspace can report suspected violations.

Officials with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published its list of most common safety violations. One of the top areas of concern are those pertaining to falls. Employers are required to provide all required safety measures as well as employee training to prevent the risk of a serious injury. OSHA also mandates that companies post an updated hazardous products list in those work spaces where they apply. Workers should all be informed of the protocols when handling any potentially dangerous chemicals.

Those who are exposed to hazardous fibers or airborne irritants must be supplied with properly sized and maintained respirators. Exposure to certain chemicals or irritants can result in serious lung diseases, including cancer. Those who work with machinery or perform maintenance tasks must be taught proper procedures for locking and tagging out. Forklift operation is restricted to those 18 years of age or older. In addition, those who drive these vehicles must be thoroughly trained and evaluated on their proficiency.

Other areas of concern are proper face and eye protection on the job. Employers must also provide fall prevention training on a yearly basis in a manner that every employee can understand. OSHA is charged with ensuring that work sites are conducive to the well-being and safety of all workers. If a Missouri employee has been injured on the job, he or she is entitled to seek assistance from an attorney who is well-versed in filing claims for maximum workers' compensation benefits in an efficient and timely manner.

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