OSHA’s Top 10 Violations from FY2014

This week at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo, OSHA unveiled the Top 10 most frequently cited standards for their 2014 fiscal year. The list has become predictable in many ways for those who review these OSHA Top 10 lists on an annual basis. The top three spots remain unchanged from OSHA’s 2013 Top 10, with the OSHA Fall Protection standard (1926.501) in the lead, followed by Hazard Communication (1910.1200) and Scaffolding (1926.451).

Fall Protection has consistently topped the list since 2011, when it replaced the Scaffolding standard (the most cited for six years in a row, during the period of 2004-2010).

Most notably this year, OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout standard has moved up the list, from 8th place in 2013 to the 5th position. Meanwhile, the other Top 10 standards barely shifted. What is interesting, however, is that this year’s Top 10 list adds up to 33,116 violations total, … Read more...

US Labor Department’s OSHA exposes safety and health hazards at construction sites through no-notice incident prevention campaign

This release has been reposted from www.dol.gov.

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has concluded its 2012 “Construction Incident Prevention Initiative,” during which it issued 243 citations and assessed a total of $658,862 in proposed fines to companies on construction sites throughout the agency’s Philadelphia Region.

The four-month campaign included 545 no-notice inspections focused on falls, trenches and silica exposure. Fifty-nine percent of the inspections revealed violations, some of the most common of which are failing to use fall protection when working on roofs, ensure that scaffolds are constructed safely and protect trenches from collapse.

“This alarmingly high number of violations underscores the need for employers in the construction industry to make a stronger commitment to workplace safety and health,” said MaryAnn Garrahan, OSHA’s regional administrator in Philadelphia. “Employers are responsible for ensuring safe and healthful workplaces, and will be held legally accountable … Read more...