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Thousands of workplaces failing to meet fall protection rules

People in California whose jobs involve being on roofs, working on scaffolds, using ladders or walking near heights do not always receive adequate safety training for fall protection. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued over 6,000 citations to employers for violations in that category from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.

Every year, the federal agency issues a top 10 list of its most common workplace safety violations. Failures to meet the general requirements for fall protection occupied the number one spot for the sixth year in a row. Other serious lapses in worker safety occupied the top five spots on the list, such as violations involving respiratory protection and hazards communications.

The recent Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection rule established by OSHA had called for employers to comply with training standards by May 17, 2017. Organizations that did not meet the training deadline accounted for 1,523 citations. The training requirements call for employers to teach workers about fall hazards and how to use and maintain fall protection equipment correctly.

A person who suffered an accident on the job due to inadequate safety training might want to discuss the situation with an attorney. Information about how to report safety violations to state and federal regulatory authorities could be provided by an attorney. Legal advice may also help a person understand options for recovering compensation for medical care and lost wages. An attorney may be able to manage the person's workers' compensation claim. This effort might include arranging for the person to have an independent medical evaluation and preparing documentation within filing deadlines. If an insurance company denies a claim, an attorney may be able to file a lawsuit and defend the injured worker's rights in court.

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