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Top Safety Violations for 2009 Include Safety, Fall Protection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently revealed their list of top 10 safety violations for 2009. The agency says the number of top 10 violations increased almost 30 percent compared to the same period last year.

Topping the list were scaffolding and fall protection violations. Scaffolding accidents generally result when planning or support gives way, according to OSHA. So far in 2009, OSHA reports more than nine thousand scaffolding violations and more than six thousand fall protection violations. OSHA guidelines require that workers at a height of four feet in general industry must have fall protection.

Further down on the list were violations such as hazard communication, respiratory protection, and lockout/tagout. The list underscores the important role that employers play in preventing construction accidents or other work injuries.

Source: Scaffolding, fall protection top safety violations for 2009, RiskandInsurance.com, December 17, 2009
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