Seven Commonly Violated Safety Standards, According to OSHA By Levine & Slavit PLLC on February 01, 2024

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA, keeps track of the most common causes of construction accidents. Unfortunately, this typically includes safety violations, which contribute to the likelihood of accidents and result in injuries that might otherwise have been avoided. Here are seven of the most commonly violated safety standards, according to OSHA:


  1. Inadequate fall protection

    • The single most commonly cited safety violation in construction accidents is a lack of fall protection. Common safety measures like safety netting and personal arrest systems can protect people from falls, but negligent construction contractors may fail to use them, increasing the risk of deadly falls.

  2. Lack of signage

    • Of all safety standards, it might seem silly to be worried about a lack of appropriate signage. However, signs can give important warnings about potential safety hazards, such as the presence of dangerous chemicals, electrical hazards, and other dangers that may result in serious injury.

  3. Ladder violations

    • It is surprisingly common for construction contractors to have unsafe ladders, or to use them in unsafe ways, violating OSHA’s safety standards. This can be a result of defective or damaged equipment, or the result of using ladders that are not suited for a specific task.

  4. Lack of protective gear

    • Protective gear, such as goggles, insulated gloves, or respirators can be essential for remaining safe on construction sites. Sadly, contractors may violate safety standards by failing to provide this gear to their workers, or by failing to repair damaged equipment, resulting in preventable injuries.

  5. Unstable or insecure scaffolding

    • Many types of construction occur on scaffolding, particularly when building high-rises and other large buildings. When scaffolds are not properly secured, they can become unstable, causing it to tilt, wobble, or collapse, resulting in potentially serious harm.

  6. Inadequate training

    • All the safety equipment in the world does not matter if workers are not trained in their use. When construction contractors fail to properly train their workers, it can easily result in serious harm.

  7. Electrical safety violations

    • Electrical systems are exceedingly dangerous, with electrocution one of the most commonly cited causes of injury on construction sites. When workers fail to follow safety standards related to handling electrical equipment, they can become seriously injured or killed.


If you or someone you love has been injured on a construction or work site, seeking the advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury law will help assure you get the compensation you deserve. The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC assist clients in New York City and Long Island in obtaining the damages they need to cope with being the victim of negligence. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York personal injury lawyers, call (888) LAW-8088 or fill out our contact form. 

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