Next time you spot one of your employees putting a box on a chair in order to reach a burnt-out light bulb, seize the teachable moment.

Explain that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has reported for two years in a row that more workplaces are cited for lack of "fall protection" than any other incident, and that your worker should wear safety shoes, a harness and helmet before attempting to replace the bulb. You can also tell your employee you will set up a guardrail around his or her chair next time a light goes out.

Yes, OSHA has released its Top 10 Violations list for FY13, and fall protection led the list for the second straight year, with 8,241 citations issued. OSHA has this to say about "fall protection:"

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.