The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the top 10 most frequently cited violations during its fiscal year of 2018: October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018. The top 10 violations accounted for an estimated total of 32,266 violations, based on preliminary data. However, these numbers were only for the federal agency and did not include violations found by state enforcement agencies.
According to OSHA's Deputy Director of the Directorate of Enforcement Programs, this fiscal year is the first time that Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment—Eye and Face Equipment, and Fall Protection—Training Requirements have appeared in the list of top 10 violations:
1. Falls are among the most common causes of serious injuries and deaths. There were 7,720 violations of proper fall protection safety.
2. Coming in second place with 4,552 violations was a lack of hazard communication through hazard classification, labels, safety data sheets, information and training.
3. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) study, 72% of workers are injured in scaffolding accidents due to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object. Incidents like these led to 3,336 OSHA scaffolding violations.
4. Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could avert hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses annually. However, respiratory protection violations resulted in 3,118 reported cases.
5. Failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10% of the serious accidents in many industries. Proper lockout/tagout (LOTO) practices and procedures safeguard workers from hazardous energy releases and following them could have prevented 2,944 LOTO violations.
6. 2,812 ladder violations could have been avoided if employees were provided with fall protection wear when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance.
7. There are specific safety requirements related to fire protection, design, maintenance and use of fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines. Failure to meet the 29 CFR 1910.178 standard led to 2,294 violations.
8. It is necessary that employers provide a training program for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. Failure to properly train personnel leads to Fall Protection violations, totaling 1,982 for Construction 29 CFR 1926.503.
9. Due to improper machine guarding, there were 1,972 violations of 29 CFR 1910.212. Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these preventable injuries.
10. OSHA noted 1,536 violations for personal protective and lifesaving equipment, which include eye and face protection. OSHA requires employers to ensure the safety of all employees in the work environment. Eye and face protection must be provided whenever necessary to protect against chemical, environmental, radiological or mechanical irritants and hazards.
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