The Top 10 workplace violations for 2009 has been released by the U.S. Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The number of top-10 violations have increased nearly 30 percent during the same period since 2008.
10. Machine Guarding - 2,364 violations
Any machine part, function or process that has the ability to cause injury must be safeguarded.
9. Electrical - 2,556 violations
Working with electricity can be particularly dangerous. Engineers, electricians and others work directly with electricity (i.e. circuit assemblies). While others (i.e. sales people) indirectly work with it but may also be exposed to electrical hazards.
8. Powered Industrial Trucks - 2,993 violations
Thousands of injuries occur each year in the US workplace, related to powered industrial trucks or forklifts. Employees can suffer injury when lift trucks drive off loading docks, when they are struck by a lift truck or when they fall while on elevated pallets.
7. Ladders – 3,072 violations
Stairways and ladders are a major source of injuries and fatalities among construction workers.
6. Electrical (Wiring) – 3,079 violations
See electrical above.
5. Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) – 3,321 violations
“Lockout/Tagout” refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy. An estimated 3 million workers service equipment and face the risk of injury if lockout/tagout is not properly implemented.
4. Respiratory Protection – 3,803 violations
Respirators protect workers from insufficient oxygen environments, harmful sprays, gases, vapors, smokes, dusts and fogs. These hazards can cause cancer and other diseases or death.
3. Hazard Communication - 6,378 violations
A written hazard communication program is an essential element for every company. Chemical importers and manufacturers are required to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they import or produce, and prepare labels and safety data sheets to convey the hazard information to their customers.
2. Fall Protection – 6,771 violations
The majority of falls are from ladders and roofs. Protection must be provided to workers at four feet in general industry, five feet in maritime and six feet in construction.
1. Scaffolding – 9,093 violations
Scaffold accidents are most often attributed to the planking or support giving way, or from the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object.
The findings were presented this week at the NCS’s Annual Congress & Expo. A final report will be published in the December issue of the NSC’s Safety+Health Magazine. #