Workplace safety and injury prevention is a consistently vital topic for construction company owners and managers. By studying information provided by the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), builders can learn where the top OSHA safety violations occur.
At the 2015 National Safety Council Congress & Expo, a national gathering of safety experts, business leaders, and safety organization representatives, OSHA announced its list of the ten most common safety violations it encountered in fiscal year 2015.
The ten top OSHA safety violations of 2015, as announced at the NSC Congress and reported by Sandy Smith on the EHS Today website, are as follows:
- Fall Protection: Involves standards for fall protection and protecting employees walking or working on horizontal or vertical surfaces above 6 feet (6,721 violations).
- Hazard communication: Involves communicating information about chemical hazards to workers (5,192 violations).
- Scaffolding: Involves standards for building scaffolding and protecting workers from falls or falling objects at scaffold heights of 10 feet or higher (4,295 violations).
- Respiratory protection: Involves standards for establishing respiratory safety programs and properly using respiratory safety equipment (3,305 violations).
- Lockout/tagout: Covers procedures for protecting workers from hazardous energy, such as electricity, during repair and maintenance of machines and equipment (3,002 violations).
- Powered industrial trucks: Involves maintenance and operation of powered trucks, such as forklifts and motorized hand carts, plus training for use of this type of equipment (2,760 violations).
- Ladders: Covers requirements for all types of ladders (2,489 violations).
- Electrical – wiring methods: Involves wiring, insulation, and grounding of equipment, along with the use of temporary wiring and splicing (2,404 violations).
- Machine guarding: Involves covers and equipment designed to protect workers from moving parts on machinery, sparks, flying chips, and similar hazards. (2,295 violations).
- Electrical – general requirements: Involves general safety requirements for workplace electrical systems (1,973 violations).
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