The Top 10 OSHA violations for the federal agency’s fiscal year 2013 were released last month and the list doesn’t hold any big surprises for those who have reviewed previous OSHA Top 10 lists. The OSHA Fall Protection standard (1926.501) is still in first place with 8,241 citations in the period of Oct 1, 2013 to Sept 30, 2013.
Comparing this list to the previous year’s results, it seems that ladders have fallen from the fifth most cited standard to the seventh, while Machine Guarding, once in sixth place on the Top Ten, has dropped to last place.
The statistics can appear grim, but OSHA has always encouraged health and safety professionals to view the list as a starting point for improvement, rather than despair. Hopefully these citations will inspire you to start thinking about ways you could improve the safety in your workplace. Take a look at the list for yourself – we’ve listed some of the common violations and solutions for the three biggest offenders!
1. Fall Protection (1926.501) 8,241
Violations: Unstable work surfaces, misuse of or failure to use fall protection equipment
Solutions: Erect guardrails with toeboards and warning lines, cover floor holes, use safety net systems or body harnesses
2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 6,156 violations
Violations: Improper or missing labels on containers, absence of safety data sheets
Solutions: Ensure a list of hazardous substances used in the workplace is maintained and available at all worksites, put an effective employee training program into place
3. Scaffolding (1926.451) 5,423 violations
Violations: Improper access to scaffolding surfaces, lack of guardrails, improper scaffold construction
Solutions: Have a “competent person” inspect the scaffolding, use ladders and stairwells to access scaffold, equip scaffolding with guardrails, midrails and toeboards
4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) 3,879 violations
5. Electrical, Wiring Methods (1910.305) 3,452 violations
6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 3,340 violations
7. Ladders (1926.1053) 3,311 violations
8. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 3,254 violations
9. Electrical, General Requirements (1910.303) 2,745 violations
10. Machine Guarding (1910.212) 2,701 violations
For more information on the sections cited, take a look at OSHA’s regulations yourself on their website.
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