Falls are a leading cause of injury

Insights from WorkSafeBC and OSHA

Ensuring workplace safety is a critical responsibility for both employers and employees. However, violations occur, putting individuals at risk and jeopardizing workplace environments. To understand what areas need the most attention, we’ll delve into data provided by WorkSafeBC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to uncover the most frequent workplace violations.

About WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC is an independent organization promoting workplace health and safety in British Columbia, Canada. They collaborate closely with employers, workers, and other stakeholders to identify and address workplace hazards, prevent injuries and illnesses, and provide support and resources to improve safety standards across various industries. WorkSafeBC’s mandate covers many areas, including occupational safety, workers’ compensation, and compliance with regulatory requirements. Their mission is to help British Columbians stay safe and healthy at work, and they achieve this by providing training, education, and outreach programs, conducting research, and enforcing workplace safety regulations.

About OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an American federal agency established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. OSHA’s mission is to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards, providing training, education, and assistance to employers and workers, and conducting research to improve workplace safety and health. OSHA covers most private sector employers and employees in the United States and some public sector employers and employees in states that operate their own OSHA-approved plans. OSHA’s standards cover a wide range of hazards, including chemical and physical hazards, electrical hazards, fall hazards, and many others. OSHA also provides programs and resources to assist employers in identifying and addressing workplace hazards, complying with safety regulations, and promoting a workplace safety culture.

Every year, OSHA releases a report on the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities in the United States. The report analyzes data from various industries and identifies the most common types of accidents and hazards that result in injuries and fatalities, such as falls, struck-by incidents, and caught-in/between accidents. By identifying the leading causes of injuries and fatalities, OSHA aims to raise awareness of workplace hazards and promote the implementation of safety measures to prevent future incidents. 

While this report’s data is American, it is still relevant to the Canadian workplace. WorkSafeBC’s safety report for 2022 showed similar information. Both OSHA and WorkSafeBC list falling from heights as one of the top three injuries. 

OSHA’s top 4 workplace violations in 2023

Fall Protection
Hazard Communication
Ladders
Scaffolding

WorkSafeBC’s 2017-2021 Industry Claims Analysis found that the top 4 types of accidents in the Construction industry were

Overexertion
Struck by
Fall from elevation
Fall on the same level

Fall protection is a  violation that encompasses a range of scenarios where fall hazards are not adequately addressed, including improper use of fall arrest systems, lack of guardrails, and inadequate training for those working at heights.

Awareness of these most common violations reminds employers and employees to prioritize safety protocols and proactively address potential hazards. By understanding the prominent risks, we can create safer workplaces for everyone.

Clockwork training can help your employees stay safe

Clockwork Training offers comprehensive training programs to help ensure workplace safety. By providing your employees with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and mitigate fall hazards, they can better protect themselves and others from injuries and fatalities. With Clockwork’s safety training, your employees can feel confident and secure in their work environment, and your organization can avoid costly fines and legal issues while promoting a safety-first culture.

The consequences of workplace violations can be severe, ranging from injuries and fatalities to hefty fines and legal repercussions. Both organizations offer extensive resources to assist employers and employees in upholding safety standards and preventing violations. Maintaining open communication channels and fostering a safety-first culture is crucial in minimizing workplace violations.

We can collectively create safer and healthier workplaces for all by prioritizing safety and addressing these recurring violations. To learn more about how Clockwork Training’s courses can help your workplace stay safe contact us to learn more, and to schedule courses.