2017 OSHA Enforcement Provides Insight For Where To Focus Your Safety Efforts
Knowing what OSHA focused on during 2017 will help you decide how to prioritize improvements to your safety programs in 2018.
Here’s the list of the top 10 violations in
2017 in Construction:
- Fall protection: 6,072 citations—Falls from ladders and roofs
still account for the majority of injuries at work, and the first step in
eliminating or reducing falls is to identify all hazards and decide how to
best protect employees.
- Hazard communication: 4,176 citations—This
standard governs hazard communication to employees about chemicals that are
both produced or imported into the workplace. Most violations concern the
failure to develop a written hazard training program or failure to provide
a Safety Data Sheet for all workplace chemicals.
- Scaffolding: 3,288
citations—The vast majority of scaffold accidents can be attributed to
planking or support giving way. Employers should ensure that all
scaffolding is set up and inspected by a qualified employee before it’s
- Respiratory protection: 3,097 citations—Employers must establish
and maintain a respiratory inspection program to protect employees from
oxygen-deficient atmospheres and hazardous materials.
2,877 citations—Employees who service mechanical and electrical equipment
face the greatest risk of injury if logout/tagout standards aren’t properly
- Ladders: 2,241 citations—Most ladder violations occur when
ladders are used for purposes other than those designated by the
manufacturer, when they aren’t used on stable services or when defective
ladders aren’t taken out of service.
- Powered industrial trucks: 2,162
citations—Many employees are injured when lift trucks or forklifts are
driven off of loading docks or when they fall between docks and unsecured
- Machine guarding: 1,933 citations—Machine parts can cause
serious injuries, but the risk is substantially reduced by installing and
maintaining proper machine guards.
- Fall protection training
requirements: 1,523 citations—Employees should be trained to use fall
protection methods such as guardrails, safety nets and personal fall arrest systems, and employers should verify that employees have been
trained by preparing written certification records.
- Electrical wiring
methods: 1,405 citations—The most common electrical wiring violations
include failure to install equipment according to the manufacturer’s
instructions and failure to guard electrical equipment.
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