Top Ten 2016 OSHA Violations Announced

As is the norm at the annual National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo, the preliminary top ten safety violations for the year were announced. Here’s the list…

  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

Compare to last years list:

  1. Fall Protection, 6,721 violations
  2. Hazard Communication, 5,192 violations
  3. Scaffolding, 4,295 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection, 3,305 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout, 3,002 violations
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks, 2,760 violations
  7. Ladders, 2,489 violations
  8. Electrical – Wiring Methods, 2,404 violations
  9. Machine Guarding, 2,295 violations
  10. Electrical – General Requirements, 1,973 violations

Only numbers 8 and 9 switched places.

Annual “Stand-Down” Week is May 2-6


Once again, it’s time for the annual “Stand -Down” week who’s purpose is to raise awareness of one of the most fatal dangers facing the construction industry, falls from heights.

Falls from heights continues to be one of the top ten cited OSHA standards and these deaths and injuries are preventable. This annual Stand-Down emphasizes awareness and education.

For more information on how to implement the Stand-Down for your company go the the Stand-Down OSHA page. Besides answering any question you might have, there are also all kinds of posters, flyers, certificates, videos and much more that you can use to make your “Stand-Down” week successful.

OSHA Changes to look for in 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  has already let us know what we need to look for this coming year. Some of the most notable changes are:

  1. Fines are going up. For the first time since 1990, OSHA fines are increasing and will increase yearly from here on out. 2016 will see a “catch up adjustment” to make up for the past 15 years when fines have stayed at the 1990 level. That’s going to be a big jump. From here on out fines will increase yearly to keep up with the rising cost of living.
  2. The new Silica rule is expected in February 2016. It is expected to try to provide better protection for workers exposed to silica by having employers monitor more closely the levels of exposure and by providing better protection for workers as well.
  3. New online reporting of work-related fatalities and severe injuries. At the time of typing this OSHA has already unveiled this online reporting site.
  4. Updated safety and health program management guidelines will be issued in order to reflect changes in technology and practices over the past years.

Additional items to keep an eye on:

  • Backover issues (especially in agriculture and farming)
  • Stronger emphasis on tree care industry safety.
  • OSHA will also be updating the standards for eye and face protection to match ANSI Z87.1 recommendations.