The Occupational Safety & Health Administration released its annual list of most-cited workplace violations on Oct. 1.
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Source: Occupational Safety & Health Administration
For a second straight year, fall protection was the most-cited violation. Hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection violations remained the second-, third- and fourth-most-cited violations, respectively, as well.
In an effort to lower workplace deaths, OSHA levies heavy fines against violators. OSHA assigns the highest penalties for fall-protection violations. For example, Canton, Ohio-based Republic Steel was fined $1.1 million this year for 24 serious safety violations, 15 of which were fall-protection violations, according to OSHA. Republic Steel did not respond to a request for comment.
“A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known,” according to OSHA.
From Oct. 1, 2012, through Oct. 1, 2013, there were 882 workplace fatalities in the United States.