Friday, March 10, 2017

OSHA Names 10 Most Cited Safety and Health Violations

OSHA administrators stress the injuries sustained from 
the top 10 cited violations in 2016 were completely preventable-
If workers had proper education.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations in 2016. The report was compiled from more than 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff.

According to Thomas Glassi, the director of enforcement programs for OSHA, more than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year and about three million workers are injured.

"If all employers simply corrected the top 10 hazards, we are confident the number of deaths, amputations and hospitalizations would drastically decline," Thomas Glassi said in a recent press release.

The top 10 most cited violations include:
  • Fall Protection: Falls are among the leading causes of worker deaths, especially in construction. Fall protection measures such as ladder and scaffold safety protections could prevent injuries. 
  • Respiratory protection: Improper or inadequate respiratory protection can cause illness or death resulting from respired asbestos, silica or other toxic substances present on job sites. 
  • Lockout/tagout: The lockout or tagout features on certain machinery can be negligently handled causing machinery to suddenly start up when being repaired. Improper lockout/tagout safety can cause appendages to get stuck in machinery, leading to gruesome injuries. 
  • Powered industrial trucks: According to the report, a high number of fatalities are due to improper forklift safety. 
Occupational safety violations can lead to reduced morale, higher project costs, lower productivity and even fatalities. However, the report found that many employers are providing adequate safety training. In fact, Glassi noted that the top 10 rarely changes - year after year, workers are harmed in the same types of hazards.

"We urge employers to go beyond the minimal requirements to create a culture of safety at work, which has been shown to reduce costs, raise productivity and improve morale," Glassi said in a recent press release.

To read the full list and rankings of the top 10 most cited violations for 2016, visit the official report from OSHA. To learn more about construction and industry safety, visit Zack Academy.

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