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.


New “Shipyard Employment” OSHA Fact Sheet

I only live about 10 minutes from one of the biggest shipyards in the USA. Probably about half of my friends and acquaintances work at that shipyard. I have two son-in-laws and both of them work at the shipyard so needless to say safety at the shipyard is important to me.

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It’s apparently important to OSHA as well. They have just released a new Fact Sheet on “Shipyard Employment” outlining the unique dangers and hazards inherent in shipyards as well as outlining a plan to help keep workers safe.

You can download it here.


OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App

From the CDC website…

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The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool is a useful resource for planning outdoor work activities based on how hot it feels throughout the day. Featuring real-time heat index and hourly forecasts, specific to your location, as well as occupational safety and health recommendations from OSHA and NIOSH.

The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool features:

  • A visual indicator of the current heat index and associated risk levels specific to your current geographical location
  • Precautionary recommendations specific to heat index-associated risk levels
  • An interactive, hourly forecast of heat index values, risk level, and recommendations for planning outdoor work activities in advance
  • Editable location, temperature, and humidity controls for calculation of variable conditions
  • Signs and symptoms and first aid information for heat-related illnesses

Find out more and download the app here.



Recommended Practices for Safety & Health Programs

From osha.gov…

OSHA has recently updated the Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs it first released 30 years ago, to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The new Recommended Practices have been well received by a wide variety of stakeholders and are designed to be used in a wide variety of small and medium-sized business settings. The Recommended Practices present a step-by-step approach to implementing a safety and health program, built around seven core elements that make up a successful program.

The main goal of safety and health programs is to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths, as well as the suffering and financial hardship these events can cause for workers, their families, and employers. The recommended practices use a proactive approach to …

Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs

Read more and download the new “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs”


Trenching Deaths Double Since Last Year

The good news is that trenching injuries are down since last year. The bad news is that deaths in trenching accidents are up. They’ve gone up quite a bit actually; they’ve doubled.

Trench deaths have more than doubled nationwide since last year – an alarming and unacceptable trend that must be halted,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “There is no excuse. These fatalities are completely preventable by complying with OSHA standards that every construction contractor should know.

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It starts with education. Check out our five-part series here:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5


OSHA’s New Small Entity Compliance Guide for Silica Standard

If you work in construction and/or deal with concrete you know that there is a new standard for Respirable CrystallineSilica.

What might not be as obvious is how you need to go about being compliant with this new standard. OSHA understands that small businesses, indeed all businesses, don’t have the knowledge, money or expertise to navigate this new standard. As such, they’ve put together a 103 page guide to help. The OSHA Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction is available as a free download.

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