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Common OSHA violations in the construction industry

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, construction workers who are employed in the private sector have a rate of fatal occupational injuries almost three times greater than other American workers. In Erie, and across Pennsylvania, it is absolutely essential for construction companies and the workers they employ to prevent construction accidents from claiming additional lives. For example, it is crucial for those employed in the construction industry to understand common OSHA violations and address them immediately.

On their site, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration published startling information on construction accidents and OSHA violations. OSHA reports that 874 construction workers in the private sector died in a workplace accident during 2014, some of which were the result of violating OSHA standards. The most common OSHA violation over the course of fiscal year 2015 was found in the construction industry (fall protection). Next, a general industry violation related to hazard communication. Other major OSHA violations in construction include those related to scaffolding (third most common) and ladders (seventh most common).

While OSHA says the number of workplace fatalities has significantly declined since 1970, too many construction workers continue to pass away and suffer serious injuries in on the job accidents. These accidents, many of which were preventable, cause a wide range of hardships for those who are involved and their families as well. Families who lose a loved one may never recover emotionally or financially, while life may never return to normal for those who suffer a serious injury, which underlines the importance of accident prevention.

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