This year, OSHA decided to raise the fee on their fines. The fine amounts have not been adjusted for a number of years, and increasing the amounts will, hopefully, help people want to be safer. Fines often cost tens, even hundreds, of thousands of dollars when there is a violation, and can cost even more when that violation leads to an injury. This increase in potential costs is even more incentive to help you and your team want to be more careful.
The number one way to not get a violation and to avoid getting a fine is to make sure you and your team follow all the safety guidelines. When it comes to fall prevention and protection, OSHA has a number of guidelines. Here is a list of all their guidelines: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10839
Some of the guidelines include:
-Ladder weight limits and ratings
-Don’t connect ladders together to make them longer than they are supposed to be
-Ladder rungs should be parallel before climbing
-Maintain three points of contact
-Inspect the ladder
With the fee increase, now is as good a time as any to pay even better attention to make sure you and your team are being safe and are following OSHA’s guidelines.