Top 10 OSHA Violations

 Top 10 OSHA ViolationsOSHA violations can be a costly mistake. The incidents that may result from them can be worse. Last week’s infographic about construction site accidents looked at the frequency, nature and costs of reported incidents. We believe that 100% of construction site accidents are avoidable, and following OSHA’s standards and codes to the letter is a good start.

The top 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations for 2012 were:

  1. Fall Protection (code: 1926.501)
  2. Hazard Communication (code: 1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolds (code: 1926.451)
  4. Respiratory Protection (code: 1910.134)
  5. Lockout/Tagout (code: 1910.147)
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (code: 1910.178)
  7. Electrical – Wiring Methods (code: 1910.305)
  8. Ladders (code: 1926.1053)
  9. Machinery and Machine Guarding (code: 1910.212)
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (code: 1910.303)

The 10 violations are directly related to the 4 most common causes of workplace fatalities:

  1. Fall from heights – 34%
  2. Struck by incidents  – 24%
  3. Electrocution  – 11%
  4. Caught between  – 10%

Based on this information, OSHA has launched FOCUS FOUR, a program designed to raise awareness regarding the leading causes of construction site fatalities.

Preventing incidents is more likely when we understand the cause, recognize the hazards and establish a low risk tolerance. Remember Hazard Recognition does NOT equal Risk Tolerance — one may recognize the hazard but disregard the risk.

Here are are some root-cause factors that commonly result in these four incidents.

Causes of Fall-Related Incidents

  • Unprotected sides, edges and holes
  • Improperly constructed walking/working Surfaces
  • Improper use of access equipment
  • Failure to properly use personal fall arrest systems (PFAS)
  • Slips and trips (housekeeping related incidents)

Causes of Electrocution Incidents

  • Contact with overhead power lines
  • Contact with live circuits
  • Not following lock out/tag out (LOTO) procedures
  • Poorly maintained extension cords and tools
  • Defective power tools

Causes of Struck-by Incidents

  • Falling objects
  • Rigging failure
  • Loose or shifting materials
  • Equipment tip-over or malfunction
  • Lack of overhead protection
  • Vehicle and equipment strikes
  • Backing incidents
  • Flying objects

Causes of Electrocution Incidents

  • Contact with overhead power lines
  • Contact with live circuits
  • Not following lock out/tag out (LOTO) procedures
  • Poorly maintained extension cords and tools
  • Defective power tools

Causes of Caught-in-Between Incidents

  • Trench/excavation collapse
  • Rotating equipment
  • Unguarded parts
  • Equipment rollovers
  • Equipment maintenance

As you prepare for your next project, we encourage you to consider these violations and the consequences that follow the safety of your workers and your bottom line.

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  3. That’s a great post, we’ve also blogged about OSHA’s top violations (see the link) and compared violations of 2012 and 2011. One striking trend though is that most of the violations on this list are same over the years. Lockout/tagout is one example. Is lockout/tagout a frequent issue in modular construction?

  4. […] year ago, we reported on the  top 10 OSHA safety violations for 2012. A year later, the number of OHSA safety violations is up 46%. While the list of common violations […]

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