OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Violations and Preventing Injuries, Fatalities and Costly Noncompliance Penalties

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Source: Clark Seif Clark Inc.

The industrial hygiene professionals at Clark Seif Clark offer consulting, training and testing services to identify and mitigate workplace hazards.

Chatsworth, CA -- Protecting the health and safety of the U.S. workforce has improved over the years, but as recently as 2015, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 4,800 workers were killed on the job. This is a dramatic improvement from the estimated 14,000 workers killed on the job each year before the creation of OSHA back in 1971. In addition to these fatal injuries, millions of workers are injured on the job annually.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing “safe and healthful working conditions” for their employees.  To help prevent occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities, there are a number of OSHA regulations that are enforced by the agency. Companies and institutions that fail to meet OSHA health and safety regulations can be subject to costly noncompliance fines.

In an effort to help improve workplace safety, OSHA annually releases a list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year. The list is compiled from tens of thousands of workplace inspections conducted by their staff.

 

The preliminary list of OSHA’s Top 10 Citations of 2017 includes:

1.      Fall Protection – General Requirements (6,072 violations)

2.      Hazard Communication (4,176 violations)

3.      Scaffolds (3,288 violations)

4.      Respiratory Protection (3,097 violations)

5.      Lockout/Tagout (2,877 violations)

6.      Ladders (2,241 violations)

7.      Powered Industrial Trucks (2,162 violations)

8.      Machine Guarding (1,933 violations)

9.      Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1,523 violations)

10.  Electrical Wiring Methods (1,405 violations)

“This list changes little from year to year and represents thousands of instances where workers could be injured or killed and millions of dollars in noncompliance penalties,” said Zahid Iqbal, MPH, CIH and Technical Director at Clark Seif Clark. “At CSC, our industrial hygiene professionals assist companies with developing, training, implementing, managing and assessing occupational health and safety programs. In addition to helping to avoid expensive noncompliance fines, these services are essential for creating a culture of safety at work, which has been shown to reduce costs, raise productivity and improve morale.”

CSC recently sponsored an educational video discussing OSHA’s Top 10 Citations of 2017 that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/xNTrjOIuKmo

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