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Safety Inspectors Share The Most Maddening Violations They've Seen In The Workplace
Safety Inspectors Share The Most Maddening Violations They've Seen In The Workplace

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Here is what we know for sure... NO PLACE IS SAFE! Literally nowhere! And some of the reasons are blatant human error, laziness and stupidity. One must ask... how difficult is it to keep your business running up to snuff to keep your employees and clients alive? Apparently it's extremely difficult. Just as the people who's job it is to keep work areas safe and functioning. The things they see on the regular make you almot want to order in and never leave home.

Redditor Shvok reached out to safety workers to expose some secrets by asking... Safety/OSHA inspectors of Reddit, what is the most maddening/dumbest violation you've seen in a work place? When in public... pay attention! Nobody else is...

I THINK YOUR BRAINS ARE COMPACTED SIR...

I used to work as a safety consultant for an insurance broker. One of our insureds had an employee who was tasked to apply a "Do not enter, compactor starts automatically" sign on a cardboard box compactor. The idiot set the can of spray adhesive on the lip of the compactor, knocked it in, and then jumped in the compactor to get it. Of course it started automatically because it's a machine that can't tell idiot from box. He's lucky some else was walking by and saved his life.

FLIP THE SWITCH!
FLIP THE SWITCH!

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I was on the Workplace Health and Safety committee. The committee head at the time decided to change a lightbulb. Do you think that she used a step ladder on the sloped surface? Nope, office chair with wheels and nobody to hold it still. So many stupid decisions in that last sentence. Of course she fell, broke her arm, and received work place compensation.

The kicker? The light bulb wasn't blown, she was just using the wrong light switch.

NO DUMPING HERE LAZY FOOL!
NO DUMPING HERE LAZY FOOL!

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I used to be the OSHA rep for a previous workplace that was a store with a Tim Hortons kiosk attached.

I witnessed an employee take two 5 gallon buckets of corrosive liquid (don't remember what, but distinctly remember the symbol on the buckets) and try to dump them down the sink we used to wash dishes for the food, with the dishes still in there.

When I caught her, and pulled the buckets to the Delivery Bay Area for removal the next day, she took them that night shift and then tried to dump them down the toilet.

We were on a military base. All she had to do was pick up the phone, dial 0, and ask someone to come pick up the buckets. Apparently that was too hard.

KEEP YOUR MITTS TO YOURSELF!
KEEP YOUR MITTS TO YOURSELF!

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Worked in a hospital lab and higher ranked coworker asked me to take inventory of things from our liquid nitrogen storage tank (-200C mind you). I asked her for the proper mitts to handle our stuff and she told me to just use our usual latex gloves.

My company rents the lab space of the hospital so I'm assuming she doesn't know where it is and doesn't care to ask

I proceed to ask the hospital lab staff for proper mitts which I was given.

After I took inventory, coworker decided she wanted to do a verification inventory check and had the audacity to ask me for the proper mitts.

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