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Top workplace safety violations in 2017

Some of the most common safety violations that West Virginia employees see in the workplace are related to fall protection. This is according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which has released a list of the 10 most common workplace safety violations that occurred from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.

Violations pertaining to fall protection-general requirements ranked first for the sixth straight year. There were over 6,000 citations issued during the 2017 fiscal year. The other violations in the top five included hazards communications, scaffolding, respiratory protections and lockout and tagout regulations.

One new issue for the 2017 list was citations issued for fall protection training violations. Employers received 1,523 citations in 2017 for their failure to properly train workers on equipment and fall hazards and how to properly maintain and use fall protection equipment.

The citations were most likely a result of the difficulty of being compliant with the Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection rule that was recently issued by OSHA. Employers were required to comply with the fall protection training requirements by May 17. There are other rule provisions related to ladders, walking-working surfaces and fall protection that may have even more of an impact on the violations list for 2018.

An attorney may assist clients who have been injured on the job but have been denied adequate workers' compensation benefits. The attorney may engage in litigation to ensure that a client receives the financial benefits needed for the expenses associated with an occupation disease or injury.

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