PROTECTING YOUR WORKERS
accidents a year are fatal.
Under OSHA standards, all scaffolds are
required to have a 10-foot trigger height
for fall protection. There is also a 36-inch
minimum guardrail height where fall arrest
systems are the primary fall protection, and
a 38-inch minimum guardrail height where
a guardrail is the primary fall protection.
This standard also outlines the responsibilities of the individual responsible for scaffolding safety. These responsibilities include
scaffolding and component inspection prior
to each work shift and training erectors and
dismantlers to recognize work hazards.
4. RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
A respirator is required to protect employ-
ees from breathing contaminated or oxy-
gen-deficient air when effective engineering
controls are not feasible. It is essential that
the correct respirator is chosen based on
is working in.
Factors that must
be taken into
must be certified
by The National
rators will be
labeled as such.
must provide a medical evaluation to deter-
mine the employee’s ability to use a res-
pirator before the employee is fit tested or
required to use the device. The employer is
also required to provide for the cleaning and
disinfecting, storage, inspection, and repair
5. ELECTRICAL, WIRING METHODS,
COMPONENTS, AND EQUIPMENT
The number of violations in this category
doubled from 2012, emphasizing the need to
the use of
To comply with this standard and to keep
your workers safe, enclosures, raceways,
cable trays, fittings, and other non-conduc-
tors made from metal used for grounding
must be properly bonded to be able to han-
dle potential fault currents.
Wiring systems should not be installed in
ducts where known fire hazards are stored,
including dust, loose stock, or flammable
6. POWERED INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS
Powered industrial trucks, also known as
forklifts or lift trucks, come in many varia-
tions, and each presents different operating
hazards. According to OSHA, the most
common lift truck accidents include being
struck by falling loads, driving lift trucks off
loading docks, being struck by a lift truck,
or falling while on elevated pallets and tines.
Employers must ensure that each powered
industrial truck operator is competent to
operate the vehicle safely, as demonstrated
by the successful completion of the training
and evaluation as specified by OSHA.
Daily, pre-shift inspection of powered indus-
trial trucks is required by OSHA standards.
According to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, 20 percent of fatal falls on the job
#3 SCAFFOLDING — OSHA regulations require that all scaffolds are
inspected prior to each work shift to
ensure their integrity.
#6 POWERED INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS — Employees
must successfully complete the OSHA training
and evaluation before operating a powered