By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer
The end of the year brings a barrage of top 10 lists – the top films, TV shows, albums, news stories and more. It seems every magazine, news organization and blog has them. So, we thought we’d get in on the action.
Admittedly, the top 10 we’re featuring may not have the pizzazz of many of the others you may see this month. But for employers and workers it’s important (potentially life-saving) info.
The list we’re highlighting is the – drum roll, please – top 10 most-cited safety violations of fiscal year 2017* from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Here are the top 10.
- Fall Protection; General Requirements (1926.501) – 6,072
- Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 4,176
- Scaffolding (1926.451) – 3,288
- Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,097
- Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 2,877
- Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,241
- Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,162
- Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 1,933
- Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) – 1,523
- Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 1,405
OSHA released the list in September at the National Safety Council’s (NSC’s) 2017 Safety Congress and Expo in Indianapolis, but we thought we’d provide a recap. The December issue of NSC’s Safety+Health magazine has an in-depth cover story about the list.
“The OSHA Top 10 is more than just a list, it is a blueprint for keeping workers safe,” said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said earlier this year. “When we all work together to address hazards, we can do the best job possible to ensure employees go home safely each day.”
In an interview with Safety+Health magazine, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs said, “The Top 10 is a great place for the employer to start if they don’t know where to start. The list identifies some of the major hazards out there. Take that list and see how it may apply to your workplace.”
He added, “Important questions to ask are, ‘What’s happening with my training programs? Are they covering what they should?’ Hazard communication, respiratory protection, lockout/tagout, powered industrial trucks – all of those require specific training programs. Look at your programs in these areas, because many of the deficiencies we find involve training.”
Our Division of Safety & Hygiene can provide this training at no additional cost to Ohio employers. It’s covered by the premiums they’ve already paid. Visit our Education Training & Outreach page for options we can provide. We can also help make your workplace safer with the consulting services we provide to Ohio’s public and private employers.
Now is as good a time as any to assess your workforce and make a list of where your organization may need safety training and consultation.
*Preliminary figures as of Sept. 5, 2017