Picking up where Top 7 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards (Pt. 1) left off, here, we will continue to point out the most commonly cited OSHA standards and what violations of them mean for employers and workers.
More Commonly Violated OSHA Standards
3 – Scaffolding (1926.451)
This OSHA standard sets various requirements for scaffolding (not including “aerial lifts”). In particular, some of the specific scaffolding requirements set forth in this standard include those for:
- Maximum scaffolding capacity
- When scaffolding must contain guardrails
- How to construct scaffolding platforms and walkways
- How far away scaffolding should be from various other operations (such as plastering, lathing, etc.).
Violations of this scaffolding OSHA standard generally mean that workers were placed at an unnecessary risk of falling due to poorly constructed (or maintained) scaffolding.
4 – Respiratory Protection (1910.178)
According to this fourth most frequently cited OSHA standard, employers have some specific obligations for “preventing atmospheric contamination” for workers and reducing their risk of developing respiratory occupational illnesses or diseases.
In particular, this OSHA standard describes the types of personal protective equipment, as well as the necessary environmental control measures, that employers are required to have in place in order to provide the appropriate respiratory protection for workers.
When employers violate this OSHA standard, they have essentially endangered the respiratory health of their workers.
For the last part of our discussion regarding the most commonly cited OSHA standards, be sure to check out the conclusion to this blog series that will be published soon!
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