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Construction violations make OSHA top 10

Falls at a construction site may be fatal. But failure to provide protection against falls at construction sites topped the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's preliminary list of the 10 most cited violations from Oct. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019. This list also contained other violations of safety rules at construction sites which are not only illegal but also constitute construction negligence.

Violation of fall protection regulations has been the top citation for many years. There were 6,010 citations for this violation in this preliminary list. Many of the fall protection citations were issued to contractors engaged in roofing, masonry and new-family housing.

Common violations involved insufficient protection near unprotected sides or edges on low-slope and steep roofs. A related violation, failure to meet training requirements for fall protection, was eighth on the list with 1,773 violations.

Other construction site violations made this top 10 list. Construction scaffolding violations was third and commonly involved masonry, siding, roofing and framing contractors. The most usual problems were improper decking, failure to provide required guardrails and not ensuring that scaffolds were properly secured. There were 2,813 citations for this violation.

Violation of ladder regulations at construction sites was number six with 2,345 citations. Violations commonly included contractors engaged in roofing, framing, siding and painting. Problems typically included failure to provide siderails with proper extension, ladders being used for improper purposes, using the stepladder's top step and ladders with structural defects.

Finally, failure to provide construction personal protection and lifesaving equipment was tenth. There were 1,411 citations. This was a new entry to OSHA's list in 2018 and included failure to provide necessary eye protection and safeguards against corrosive hazards, vipers and gases.

Families who suffer the loss of a loved one in a construction accident caused by a contractor's violation of federal and state safety regulations may be entitled to compensation. An attorney can help them file a wrongful death lawsuit.

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