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.

Serious vs. Willful Safety Violations

In this blog we usually cover the OSHA’s top ten list of most cited violations every year but there are two other top ten lists for 2015 worthy of note as seen below.

A “serious” violation is defined by OSHA as “one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.”

OSHA defines a “willful” violation as one “committed with an intentional disregard of or plain indifference to the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and requirements.”

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2015

OSHA released the preliminary report of the top 10 violations for 2015 this week. They are as follows:

1.       Fall Protection (1926.501) – 6,721

2.       Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,192

3.       Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,295

4.       Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,305

5.       Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 3,002

6.       Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,760

7.       Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,489

8.       Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,404

9.       Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,295

10.    Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 1,973

The number of violations increased over 2014 pointing to the fact that OSHA was busier this year. The only other notable change of 2014 was the fact that “Ladders” and “Electrical – Wiring Methods” traded places (Ladders was in 8th place in 2014 and 7th place in 2015 while “Electrical – Wiring Methods” was was 7th in 2014 and 8th this year).

2014 Top List of OSHA Citations

Last week was the National Safety Conference in San Diego. A couple of our people were there as we usually are. It’s an annual event that features anything and everything related to safety. It’s also the time of year when OSHA traditionally releases its’ list of the top safety violations for the year.

This year, the top 10 most-cited violations is as follows:

  1. Fall Protection in Construction (1926.501)
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding in Construction (1926.451)
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)
  7. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)
  8. Ladders in Construction (1926.1053)
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212)
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303)

Compare to last years’ list. Top ten remain the same but the order changes a little.

It’s a preliminary list and more detailed information will be released at a later date.

OSHA Releases Top Ten Violations of 2013 List

At the National Safety Council in Chicago this week OSHA released the Top 10 Safety Violations list for 2013.

1. Fall Protection

2. Hazard Communication

3. Scaffolding

4. Respiratory Protection

5. Electrical – Wiring Methods (Up from #8 last year)

6. Powered Industrial Trucks (Up frp, #7 last year)

7. Ladders (down from #5 last year)

8. Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout (Up from #9 last year)

9. Electrical – General (Down from #8 last year)

10. Machine Guarding – General Requirement (Down from #6 last year)

Generally, the top ten citations haven’t changed at all in the past few years with the top ten simply switching places from one year to the next.

Top Ten OSHA Violations for 2012

This week, in case you weren’t aware of it, was the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Florida. Everyone who’s anyone in the world of safety was there, including all the manufacturers of safety equipment. It’s also where OSHA usually announces the preliminary list of the top ten safety violations for the year. This year, the list ranks as follows:

  1. Fall Protection with 7,250 total violations
  2. Hazard Communication with 4,696 total violations
  3. Scaffolding with 3,814 total violations
  4. Respiratory Protection with 2,371 total violations
  5. Ladders with 2,310 total violations
  6. Machine Guarding with 2,097 total violations
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks with 1,993 total violations
  8. Electrical Wiring Methods with 1,744 total violations
  9. Lockout/Tagout with 1,572 total violations
  10. Electrical (General requirements) with 1,332 total violations

Noticeable changes from the previous year include scaffolding which last year was # 1 and fell to # 3 this year, Ladders which was # 8 last year and climbed to #5 this year and machine guarding which was # 10 last year and climbed to # 6 this year.

CDC publishes Top Ten list of Sodium intake

Okay, technically this isn’t a “workplace safety” post but it does relate to health and it comes from the CDC website. It’s also surprising so I’m going to post it.

According to the CDC website, Bread is where Americans are getting most of the sodium that they ingest. Considering the fact that 90% of us get more than the recommended levels of sodium intake, that’s pretty significant.

The problem is that processed foods and baked good such as bread, bagels, rolls, buns, etc… include high levels of sodium in order to preserve better. While bread isn’t necessarily really high in sodium, the problem is that the typical American consumes a lot of it. The study says that as much as 7% of our sodium intake comes from bread.

Poultry is another surprise in the top ten list (It comes in fourth) until one realizes that they inject a sodium solution into the meat.

Here’s the complete, top ten list (You can read more about this one the CDC Vital Signs page here):

Top Sources of Sodium
in the Diet
  Breads and rolls
  Cold cuts and cured meats
  Pasta dishes
  Meat dishes

COSH Top Ten Most Notable Workplace Fatalities of 2011

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) released its’ list of the ten most notable workplace fatalities for 2011.

The list includes:

  1. The Deadly grain elevation explosion in Kansas that killed six people
  2. Dust fires. This is not a single workplace fatality but rather a collection of explosions at the Hoeganaes Corp. which lists three separate explosions that killed 5 employees and seriously injured three others.
  3. The Monsanto electrocution of two 14 year-old girls that also injured eight other workers
  4. The death of two employees in Durham North Carolina in a confined space accident that was the result of an oxygen deficient environment.
  5. The deaths of three employees killed on oil rigs in Wyoming.
  6. The deaths of two city workers in Las Vegas who were buried when the trench they were working in collapsed on top of them.
  7. The Kentucky chemical plant explosion that killed 2 employees.
  8. The death of Stephanie Moulton at the hands of Deshawn James Chappell.
  9. The death of Danny Dodge when he was run over by a backhoe while working for Bowdoin Excavation.
  10. The deaths of Darrel Winstead and Samuel Lindsey when a rock wall they were working next too collapse on the truck they were in.

Part of what made these ten incidents “notable” is the fact that all were determined to be preventable.

“Top Ten Trends in the Safety Industry” white paper

A new white paper by Miller Pierce (http://millerpierce.com) “Top Ten Trends in the Safety Industry” provides and quick but extremely informative read for anyone involved in the field of safety.

It’s a quick 4 pages that identifies each trend, briefly explains it and provides for each one a “bottom line” that explains what this means to safety professionals, manufacturers and/or distributors.

#4, for example states that “Durability beats price in PPE product selection”. This conclusion was reached by polling those who purchase PPE. They apparently overwhelmingly stated that they were more than willing to pay more for PPE that was going to last longer because it was ultimately more cost effective. The message to manufacturers is clear “Make PPE that is of superior quality.” The message to distributors is equally clear “You have to be able to show that the product is cost effective to sell it properly”

This goes hand-in-hand with #6 which states that “customers are clamoring for value-added services from their suppliers.” In other words, in this electronic age, where safety supplies are just a few mouse clicks away, customers want more from their suppliers than just supplies at a good price.

This is one of the reasons that National Safety, Inc was founded some 16 years ago now. The five original owners worked for Rice Safety when it got bought out and assimilated by a large company that sold more than just safety. It sold everything from toilet paper to light bulbs. Ron, Dick, John W, Ed and John M knew that customers, even back then, needed more than just product. Safety isn’t just about selling product, it’s about helping the customer find the right product for his particular challenge. Knowledge concerning safety is an essential part of the equation. When it comes to safety, health and lives are on the line. Selling the wrong product is dangerous and even fatal. The five original owners therefore cashed in their 401K, pooled the money and started National Safety, Inc. Service and knowledge is still what National Safety, Inc. is all about.

But I digress. Download the white paper, it’s got some good and interesting information.

Send me any feedback you might have. I am interested in what you think of it.

2010 Top OSHA Violations

The National Safety Council Congress and Expo in San Diego served as the backdrop for OSHAs’ release of the 2010 top 10 most cited violations. Turns out that it hasn’t changed much. Here’s the list:

1. Scaffolding, General
2. Fall Protection
3. Hazard Communication
4. Respiratory Protection
5. Ladders
6. Lockout/Tagout
7. Electrical, Wiring Methods
8. Powered Industrial Trucks
9. Electrical, General
10. Machine Guarding

Thomas Galassi, the director of OSHA’s directorate of enforcement program stated that this is the result of over 94,000 citations from the 2010 fiscal year. The top ten made up almost half of all the citations handed out.