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As an accident attorney, I closely follow workplace safety statistics. Did you know that the ten most frequently cited Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) standard violations include: 

  • Fall protection
  • Scaffolding 
  • Respiratory protections
  • Improper use of electrical energy 
  • Ladders 
  • Machine Guarding 
  • Eye protection 

And, according to the OSHA website, “On May 15, 2008, a new OSHA rule about employer payment for PPE went into effect. With few exceptions, OSHA now requires employers to pay for personal protective equipment used to comply with OSHA standards.”

Most employers are going to make an effort to protect their biggest asset, their workers, but if you feel you are at risk for a workplace injury it IS important to speak up.

Basic Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Foot protection, including rubber boots and steel toes
  • Non-prescription eye protection
  • Hardhats
  • Hearing protection  

Is your business conducting regular safety meetings to keep employees up to date on the latest standards? While a set number of meetings a year is not listed, OSHA does require employers to keep their workers updated about the latest safety techniques. 

Let’s look at one of the most common workplace accidents that I hear about as a personal injury attorney, specifically in the field of construction, falls. In 2017, 39.2% of all deaths in construction were the result of a fall. 

OSHA guidelines state

Fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet in longshoring operations. In addition, OSHA requires that fall protection be provided when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance.

Prevent falls by removing hazards, such as holes, provide hardhats and safety harness/ line, safety nets, stair railings and handrails, guardrails around platforms or elevated walkways, and keep surfaces clean and dry.

OSHA provides many resources online for both employees and employers such as this fall protection video:

Injury lawyers will advise you if you are hurt on the job you should document everything, notify your employer and file a complaint/claim, seek medical treatment, and contact a knowledgeable Arkansas Personal Injury Attorney. As a personal injury lawyer, I can help you navigate the frustrating hurdles of workers comp and injury. Get in touch to schedule a free consultation.