Work-Related Fatalities Report 2018

Work-Related Fatalities Report 2018

The annual report of worker fatalities is now available from the Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program*. This report includes information about workers who died as the result of traumatic injury incidents in 2018. You received this report because the information is relevant to all industries. We hope that you use it for formal or informal educational opportunities to help prevent similar incidents.


 *The FACE Program is partially funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH grant# 5 U60 OH008487-11) and the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. The contents of this report is solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NIOSH.


2016 Top Ten OSHA Safety Violations

Once again OSHA has released it’s list of the top ten violations for the year so far. The 2017 top ten reads as follows:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements, 6,072 violations
  2. Hazard Communication, 4,176 violations
  3. Scaffolding, 3,288 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection, 3,097 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout, 2,877 violations
  6. Ladders, 2,241 violations
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks, 2,162 violations
  8. Machine Guarding, 1,933 violations
  9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements, 1,523 violations
  10. Electrical – Wiring Methods, 1,405 violations

Compare with last years’…

  1. Fall Protection, 6,929 violations
  2. Hazard Communication, 5,677 violations
  3. Scaffolds, 3,906 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection, 3,585 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout, 3,414 violations
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks, 2,860 violations
  7. Ladders, 2,639 violations
  8. Machine Guarding, 2,451 violations
  9. Electrical Wiring, 1,940 violations
  10. Electrical, General Requirements, 1,704 violations

The list shows no change in the top 5 and little change in the rest of the list except the new entry of the fall protection training which would lead us to believe that OSHA is now looking at fining companies for not providing adequate fall protection training as a way to reduce the number of violations in the fall protection category.  It will be interesting to see if this new approach will finally knock fall protection violations out of the #1 spot where it has been for many years now.

Missouri Department of Transportation Uses Humor to Remind Drivers about Safety

Getting anyone to pay attention to road signs advocating and encouraging highway safety might seem like an exercise in futility. Missouri, however, just said “Challenge excepted!”.

Instead of trying to simply remind people to buckle up or not to text while driving or even to move over into the right lane so that the left lane can be used, as it should be, for passing, the Missouri Department of Transportation decided to use humor.

Here’s a sample of what they came up with…