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What are some common workplace violations?

November 1, 2017 |

Many workplaces in the Great Falls area have safety risks. Those issues do not necessarily mean that they are unsafe places for you to work. It means that some employers may have to take more steps than others to keep you and your coworkers safe.

Workplace safety violations do not just have the potential to affect your work performance. They can also affect your physical and mental health. An accident caused by a workplace violation can also leave you disabled and unable to work. Learn about some common workplace safety violations so you can protect yourself against them.

Scaffold equipment

Scaffolds are often used in construction and industrial work sites. Many workers use them incorrectly as ladders and tables and in hazardous weather conditions. Proper supervision, conditions and use are necessary for workers to avoid accidents and serious injury.

Electrical

Some work environments have electrical issues that pose a significant risk to worker safety. These violations can occur as faulty wiring and defective electrical work equipment. Not all signs of electrical problems are readily noticeable.

Fall protection

Falls are one of the most common types of workplace accidents that occur. They happen more frequently at jobs where there are elevated surfaces, construction, slippery and wet conditions, holes, and uneven surfaces. They often lead to serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord trauma and bone fractures.

Respiratory

Toxic gases, inadequate oxygen supply, dust, hazardous vapors and smoke are just a few common respiratory issues that can impact worker safety. Workers must wear face masks, helmets and other safety gear to minimize their risk of exposure. Proper ventilation is also necessary.

There are measures employees can take to stay safe while they are at work, such as staying aware of surroundings, getting enough rest before going to work, taking breaks and watching out for hazards. Employers must also take precautions to minimize risks that can cause harm to their workers’ health and overall well-being. When they do not, and accidents happen, courts can find them financially liable for their employees’ ordeals.