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12/7/2012 - Falls leading safety violation among business owners


Employers should focus on ensuring safe conditions at job sites.

Each year, businesses often come up short in their safety measures, as thousands of employees are injured at the workplace. And in 2012, the most frequent safety violation on the job site had to do with falls.

According to a recent report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, fall protection was the biggest safety issue cited among business owners, as approximately 7,250 occurred in the 2012 fiscal year.

Second to fall protection was hazard communication, resulting in nearly 7,200 violations handed out by safety officials. Rounding out the top five were scaffolding, respiratory protection and ladders that were improperly used.

Jane Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, indicated that the numbers suggest business owners have made significant but there's plenty of room for improvement. "While great progress has been made in safety over the past 100 years, today's presentation reminds us there is more to be done to make our workplaces safer," said Froetscher.

General liability insurance can help protect business owners from potential litigation that may be filed by employees, some of whom may allege their injuries could have been avoided had proper safety protections been in place.

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