OSHA’s Annual “Not Top 10”

Much of the same in 2016’s most frequently cited safety and health violations

As odd as it may sound, OSHA would probably like to see this list change. At least, if that change were due to certain injuries decreasing in frequency (and thus falling off the list), not new kinds of injuries overtaking them. OSHA3

Every October, OSHA releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff.

“One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, our inspectors see thousands of the same on-the-job hazards, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury,” Thomas Galassi wrote on the Department of Labor blog October 18th. “If all employers simply corrected the top 10 hazards, we are confident the number of deaths, amputations and hospitalizations would drastically decline.”osha

Here are the usual suspects:

  1. Fall protection
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolds
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Lockout/tagout
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Machine guarding
  9. Electrical wiring
  10. Electrical, general requirements

Per OSHA data, more than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, and approximately 3 million are injured. According to Galassi, it’s no coincidence that fall protection remains the number one problem: falls occur in more industries than any other hazard, and almost every single construction worker has a fall risk at some point. OSHA has an ongoing campaign to inform employers and workers about fall protection and safety measures that can combat the danger. The organization is also constantly updating its recommended practices for safety and health programs, a handbook available in digital form via its website.


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