At the 2014 National Safety Council Congress and Expo, the year's 10 most common OSHA violations were announced. While many of the hazards on this year's top 10 have made an appearance in previous years, reviewing the current list can help increase awareness of these violations and hazards on your own jobsite.
- Fall Protection: Workers must be provided with fall protection when working at heights of four feet or greater. Protection along unprotected edges and sides and protection from falling objects are also covered under this standard.
- Hazard Communication: Safety data sheets and labels are required for chemicals found in the workplace; in addition, employees must be informed about the hazards of these workplace chemicals.
- Scaffolding: Insufficient planking or support causes many scaffold accidents. Overloading a scaffold or failing to protect workers from falls on a scaffold can also result in a violation.
- Respiratory Protection: Violations of this standard often involve a lack of a written program; other infractions include a failure to provide employees with appropriate respirators for an activity and a failure to conduct necessary fit testing.
- Lockout/Tagout: The "lockout/tagout" standard covers the procedures that protect workers from the release of hazardous energy. It ensures that equipment and machines that are dangerous are not powered up until the proper services or repairs have been complete. Many violations of this standard occur when the workplace has no hazardous energy control program in place.
- Powered Industrial Trucks: Inadequate operator training can earn a violation of this OSHA standard. Forklifts in unsafe condition and forklifts with unapproved modifications are also frequent offenders. Many of these violations are incurred by sites in the storage and warehousing sector.
- Electrical, Wiring Methods: Engineers, electricians and other workers who work closely with electricity need to be protected from various electrical hazards. Using flexible cords instead of fixed wiring is a common violation of this standard.
- Ladder Hazards: Violations involving ladders can increase the risk of fatal falls on the jobsite. Using an inappropriate ladder for the task, or using a ladder that can't support the weight it's carrying, will result in a violation of this standard.
- Machine Guarding: Machine parts that can cause injury must have safeguards in place. Safeguards on blades, rotating parts or any other component of the machine must not be removed by employees.
- Electrical, General Requirements: This standard requires that workers receive adequate training for their tasks to prevent electrocution and electric shock.
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