Now that OSHA's requirements for Walking-Working Surfaces (WWS) (subpart D) are in effect; the organization is demonstrating that they are serious about enforcing these new regulations.
For example, just days after the requirements became effective, OSHA initiated an inspection of an aluminum manufacturer and found 51 safety and health violations with proposed penalties of $1,922,895.
These violations included citations because fixed ladders, portable ladders, skylights, stairs, loading docks, and other WWS were not compliant.
This citation isn't isolated incident. Since January 17, 2017, the effective date of the new rule, OSHA has inspected and cited at least a dozen employers for multiple WWS violations. Included in the various citations were failures to:
Conduct required inspections
Guard unprotected sides and edges 4 feet or more above a lower level
Prevent employees from falling into holes
Ensure strength criteria for guardrail systems
Keep all walking-working surfaces in clean, orderly, and sanitary condition
Ensure that each walking-working surface can support the maximum intended load for that surface
Since OSHA issued the new requirements, employers are required to
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