OSHA’s Top Ten Safety ViolationsNovember 2, 2017
A safe work environment is something that many people take for granted. Workplace accidents happen all the time, but if an employer does not take the appropriate steps to recognize and fix workplace hazards, it can create a dangerous work environment where employees are at risk of being seriously or even fatally injured.
Certainly, some jobs tend to be more dangerous than others. For instance, working at a busy construction site where hazards can include falling from a ladder or scaffolding, being hit by falling debris, or being electrocuted, is usually more dangerous than office work. However, all employers have a responsibility to provide a work environment that is safe and free of hazards that could cause serious injuries or fatalities.
Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes its annual list of the top ten safety violations in the workplace. Following is OSHA’s top ten safety violations for 2017, which was announced at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo 2017 in Indianapolis. Top violations include:
- Fall protection in construction. Examples of requirements that were violated include unprotected edges, open sides in residential construction, and a failure to provide fall protection from low-slope roofs. (6,072 violations)
- Hazard communication. Failure to have an effective hazard communication program is high on the list of violations, followed by a failure to provide employees with access to safety data sheets. (4,176 violations)
- These violations included poor access to surfaces, as well as a lack of guardrails. (3,288 violations)
- Respiratory protection. This resulted from a failure to establish and provide an effective respiratory protection program, as well as a failure to provide appropriate medical evaluations. (3,097 violations)
- Lockout/tagout. These violations resulted from providing inadequate worker training programs, as well as inspections that were not completed. (2,877 violations)
- Ladders in construction. These violations included the improper use of ladders, damaged ladders, and using the top step. (2,241 violations)
- Powered industrial trucks. Violations included insufficient employee training and refresher courses. (2,162 violations)
- Machine guarding. These violations made the list due to exposure to points of operation. (1,933 violations)
- Fall protection – training requirements. Failure to educate workers on how to recognize fall hazards, as well as the proper use of fall protection equipment helped put this in the top ten violations. (1,523 violations)
- Electrical – wiring methods. These violations were found across most industries, including food and beverage, retail, and manufacturing. (1,405 violations)
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