You won’t catch a Tucker Paving crew committing any OSHA violations, but especially not these most common violations.
At Tucker Paving, we pay attention to safety. The safety of every person on or near our work sites is always our leading concern, so it’s never a problem or a worry when an OSHA inspector sets foot on one of our worksites. However, other construction companies cannot boast the same as OSHA issued over 21,000 citations for the top ten most frequently cited standards in the 2022 fiscal year. OSHA releases the most commonly cited standards every year so that employers are aware of the most common hazards and can correct them. Tucker Paving is happy to share how we work to avoid these common OSHA violations.
Top Ten Most Common OSHA Violations
OSHA’s list of the top ten most common violations is usually very similar year-to-year. The most common violations in the 2022 fiscal year—and how Tucker Paving avoids them—are:
- Fall Protection. These are citations involving fall hazards that are not marked to alert workers to the danger or where a safeguard control—such as a guardrail or net—is not in use. These citations can also result from employees not using personal fall protection equipment, such as harnesses, or fall protection gear and equipment being damaged or used incorrectly. At Tucker Paving, we make sure that all fall hazards are marked, and we utilize the best safeguard control to prevent falls. We also inspect our fall protection gear daily, train employees on the proper use of fall protection gear and equipment, and utilize a competent person who has special safety training to inspect gear and equipment and ensure our safety protocols are robust.
- Hazard Communication. These citations are related to the classification, labeling, safety data sheets, and training that must be posted or administered to alert employees to the hazards they are working around, such as chemical hazards. Tucker Paving ensures that all of our employees are up-to-date with their safety trainings, that the necessary labeling and safety data sheets are in place, and that our employees know how to avoid hazardous situations pertaining to their jobs.
- Ladders. Ladders violations occur when ladders are being used in an unsafe manner, when loads going up or down a ladder are too heavy, if a ladder is broken or missing skid-resistant surfaces, and more. Tucker Paving follows all OSHA standards and guidelines pertaining to ladders.
- Respiratory Protection. These citations are a result of using an improper degree of respiratory protection.
Tucker Paving always ensures that employees are utilizing the highest level of respiratory protection necessary, and that they are using it correctly.
- Scaffolding. Just like ladders, scaffolding citations occur when scaffolding is being used improperly or where scaffolding is damaged or overloaded. Tucker Paving always ensures that our scaffolding is in good repair, is never overloaded or crowded with trip hazards, and that all fall safety protocols are followed.
- Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout). These citations occur when the power source of a piece of equipment or building is not properly turned off and/or then locked or tagged so it cannot be turned back on while work is being done, termed lockout/tagout. Tucker Paving trains our employees to understand and respect the lockout/tagout safety protocol.
- Powered Industrial Trucks. These citations are given when a powered industrial truck—such as a forklift—is dangerous or is being operated in an unsafe manner. Again, Tucker Paving provides all employees thorough training and expects adherence by everyone in the company to our high safety standards. Our equipment is also inspected and repaired in a timely manner.
- Fall Protection Training. These citations concern a lack of fall protection training for employees. All Tucker Paving employees must complete the OSHA 10- and 30-Hour Compliance training, Confined Space training, trench safety training, and more.
- Eye and Face Protection. These citations are a result of OSHA inspectors observing employees without adequate eye or face protection. Tucker Paving employees are always required to wear the necessary eye and face protection equipment.
- Machinery and Machine Guarding. All machinery and equipment with moving parts that could cause injury must be safeguarded; these citations result from machinery that is not safeguarded. All Tucker Paving machinery and equipment utilizes the appropriate safeguards. Any machinery that does not comply is tagged out so it cannot be used until it is repaired.
Tucker Paving has been in the asphalt and concrete construction industry for nearly 30 years, and we do not focus on safety as our #1 priority in order to avoid OSHA citations; we make safety our first priority so that everyone on our crews goes home whole and uninjured at the end of every workday.
We have almost 30 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. We take on projects for residential, commercial, and municipal clients. Contact us by calling (863) 299-2262, or use our contact form online. We can help you with your next concrete or asphalt paving project!