24 April 2008
There are many published documents listing the most frequently cited citations by OSHA. As they do not all apply to the crane and rigging industry, Young has developed a list based on information gathered from OSHA cases, insurance companies and information from Construction Safety Experts Inc. client data. Some of the citations were issued from the OSHA General Duty Clause requiring all employers to provide each of their employees a place of employment free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.
Violations of the respiratory protection requirements were related to companies with painting or welding operations. Crane and rigging, fall protection, hazard communication and powered industrial trucks are programs and violations that have an impact on the safety and health programs of all crane and rigging companies.
A good systematic safety program will provide a safe workplace for employees, allowing employers to create a safety culture that management and employees will learn to appreciate. A systematic safety program will also help to eliminate OSHA safety citations, lower insurance premiums, and have a direct impact on profitability.
The main reason to provide a safety training and education program for employees is to keep employees safe, showing that you value their well being. The second best reason is that employers really cannot afford not to.