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Top OSHA Hazards Persist for 3rd Year

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Racking up more than 18,500 citations, fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory hazards accounted for the top four health and safety violations by U.S. employers in fiscal 2014.

Those are the same top four hazards, in that order, that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recorded in 2012 and 2013, preliminary data show.

Fall protection
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Fall-protection hazards lead OSHA's list of Top 10 violations for the third year in a row. Ladder violations were eighth.

Overall, fall-protection-related violations accounted for three of OSHA's Top 10 in FY 2014, according to the data released Sept. 16 in San Diego at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo, the U.S.'s largest gathering of safety and health professionals.

The number of Fall Protection citations did decline from both 2012 and 2013. The other three categories showed declines from their 2013 spike, but remained above 2012 levels.

'Much Room for Improvement'

The list was released Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs.

Deborah A.P. Hersman, former chair of the National Transportation Safety Board and now president and CEO of the National Safety Council, called the data "a poignant reminder that there is still much room for improvement in making our workplaces safer, and that it is going to take all of us to make a difference.”
HazCmm Standard

OSHA's Hazard Communication standards have been revised to, among other things, clarify safety information on labeling. The standard is the No. 2 source of OSHA violations.

The final figures will be published in the December edition of the Council’s Safety+Health magazine.

Top 10

The preliminary 2014 figures, the referenced standard and total citations are as follows. More information on each standard is available under the link:

  1. Fall protection (1926.501) – 6,143
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,161
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,029
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,223
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 2,704
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,662
  7. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,490
  8. Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,448
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,200
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 2,056
Including violations for ladders (another perennial Top 10 entry), violations related to fall protection make up nearly one-third of the Top 10. OSHA has been trying to several years to raise awareness of falls through its Stop Falls campaign.


Tagged categories: Certifications and standards; Fall protection; Good Technical Practice; Hazard Communication Standard (HCS); Health and safety; Ladders; North America; OSHA; Respiratory Protection Standard; Scaffolding

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