OSHA has revealed its top 10 list of the most frequently cited workplace safety violations, and new this year to that list is “Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503).” Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s directorate of enforcement programs made the preliminary announcement this week at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo 2017 in Indianapolis.
More than 4,500 workers are killed and an additional 3 million are injured each year. Those numbers have stayed roughly the same for the past several years. The most serious violation that threatens people on the job continues to be fall protection, mainly in construction. The top 10 violations list should be a starting point for companies in improving these numbers by addressing the issues and making the necessary corrections, according to OSHA.
“If all employers simply corrected the top 10 hazards, we are confident the number of deaths, amputations and hospitalizations would drastically decline,” said Thomas Galassi, OSHA’s director of enforcement programs. He said employers should not just implement the minimal requirements but rather create a culture of safety in their workplace.
The top 10 list order, in OSHA’s violation reporting system for 2017, is not expected to change. They are:
- Fall Protection in Construction (29 CFR 1926.501) 6,072 violations
Unprotected edges and open sides in residential construction and failure to provide fall protection on low-slope roofs are the common causes.
- Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200) 4,176 violations
Lack of a hazard communication program by not having or not providing access to safety data sheets.
- Scaffolding (29 CFR 1926.451) 3,288 violations
Improper access to surfaces and lack of guardrails.
- Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134) 3,097 violations
Failure to establish a respiratory protection program; failure to provide medical evaluations.
- Lockout/Tagout (29 CFR 1910.147) 2,877 violations
Inadequate worker training and no or incomplete inspections.
- Ladders in Construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) 2,241 violations
Improper use of ladders, damaged ladders, and use of the top step.
- Powered Industrial Trucks (29 CFR 1910.178) 2,162 violations
Inadequate worker training and refresher training, among others.
- Machine Guarding (29 CFR 1910.212) 1,933 violations
Exposure to points of operation was listed as the top cause.
- Fall Protection—Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503) 1,523 violations
Failure to train workers in identifying fall hazards and proper use of fall protection equipment were common causes.
- Electrical—Wiring Methods (29 CFR 1910.305) 1,405 violations
Food and beverage, retail, and manufacturing were among industries with these violations.
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