Many companies are repeat offenders when it comes to violations of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) codes. Ohio-based Proframing Contractors, Inc., for example, has received ten citations for violations in the past eight years. The company has also refused to pay some of the associated penalties to OSHA.
Proframing Contractors has created a dangerous environment for workers for close to a decade. Among other violations, OSHA inspectors found workers using nail guns without proper eye protection and employees working at heights of up to 20 feet without fall protection. Falls from less than ten feet cause most construction injuries and deaths.
What are the OSHA Fall Protection Requirements?
In 2012, OSHA started the Fall Prevention Campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of falls from ladders, scaffolds and rooftops. OSHA outlines three steps employers must do to reduce the incidence of fall-related injuries:
- Planning – Incorporate the costs of safety equipment into their construction plans
- Providing – Provide that equipment
- Training – Make sure workers understand how to use the safety equipment properly
Employers following these safety protocols can ensure that the overall rate of fall-related injuries at work will decrease.
Was Your Fall at Work Caused by Negligence?
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. Our attorneys have a long and successful history of fighting for victims of work injuries. If you or a family member suffered an on-the-job injury, ask a lawyer about your legal rights to injury compensation. Call us today for free attorney advice with no obligation to file legal action.
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—Columbus Workers’ Comp Attorneys
Did You Know?:
More than 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.