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Fall Protection remains the most commonly cited OSHA standard according to the recently released top 10 OSHA violations in 2014. The annual list from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is intended to help employers identify safety concerns so they can take corrective action to avoid citations, injuries or worse.
Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2014
(as of October 28, 2014)
- Fall Protection – 1926.501 – 2013 Rank: 1
- Hazard Communication – 1910.1200 – 2013 Rank: 2
- Scaffolding – 1926.451 – 2013 Rank: 3
- Respiratory Protection – 1910.134 – 2013 Rank: 4
- Powered Industrial Trucks – 1910.178 – 2013 Rank: 6
- Lockout/Tagout – 1910.147 – 2013 Rank: 8
- Ladders – 1926.1053 – 2013 Rank: 7
- Electrical, Wire Methods – 1910.305 – 2013 Rank: 5
- Machine Guarding – 1910.212 – 2013 Rank: 10
- Electrical, General Requirements – 1910.303 – 2013 Rank: 9
Earlier this month a man was killed at a construction site New Jersey when a 1-pound tape measure fell 50 stories and struck him in the head. This tragedy is a stark reminder that falling object injuries can and do occur. It could also be considered a call for an industry-wide effort to prevent these incidents in the future.
Falling Object Statistics
- A solid object dropped from 64 feet will hit the ground in 2 seconds at a speed of 43.8 miles per hour.
- The same object dropped at 106 feet will hit the ground in 3 seconds at a speed of 65.8 miles per hour.
- A 2-ounce pen dropped from 230 feet has the potential to penetrate a hardhat.
Tips for Preventing Falling Object Injuries
Effective January 1, 2015, OSHA has revamped its requirements for reporting specific injuries and hospitalizations. In addition to notifying the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of all work-related fatalities within 8 hours, employers under federal OSHA will be required to notify the administration within 24 hours when an employee suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. This new rule resembles the CAL/OSHA rule already in place.
Current regulations require an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of 3 or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye is not required.
It’s no secret that injuries on the job site are a costly mistake. Nonetheless, the Bureau of Labor Statics recorded more than 1.1 million non-fatal construction-related injuries and illnesses in 2012. It’s a powerful incentive to go the extra mile to keep injuries to a minimum and with them, their impact on your bottom line.
Soon we’ll talk in greater detail about the many costs associated with poor safety performance. But first, here are some terms that every GC or sub, or any firm working in construction needs to understand.
A year ago, we reported on the top 10 OSHA safety violations for 2012. A year later, the number of OSHA safety violations is up 46%. While the list of common violations remains largely intact, many have moved up or down the list. Most importantly, every violation in the top 10 earned more citations than the previous year.
Here’s the top 10 OSHA safety violations for 2013. Click on each to see OSHA’s recommendations for safe operation and compliance.
1. Fall Protection (code: 29 CFR 1926.501)
Up 14% to 8,241 violations
2012 Rank: 1
An “accident” is normally defined as an unexpected or unforeseen condition with an element of “chance”. In the world of construction, incidents can happen to even the most experienced professionals and are not normally due to “chance”. Incident causation is usually based on unsafe acts and/or unsafe conditions and therefore can be prevented. Developed in the late 1920s, Heinrich’s Domino Theory regarding the sequence of events that lead to construction injuries still holds true today. The theory states:
- Social Environment [that develops…]
- Undesirable work traits – recklessness, lack of knowledge, nervousness [that creates…]
- Unsafe work acts / Unsafe work conditions [that cause the…]
- Incident [that results in…]
This theory places strong emphasis on the Unsafe Work Act / Unsafe Work Condition “domino” as Heinrich believed that unsafe acts more frequently are the cause of Read more
The recent uptick in construction has resulted in a concurrent rise in recordable injuries on job sites. In 2012 construction site fatalities jumped to 750, or 5% over the previous year. As the industry continues to rebound, new emphasis is needed on safety to keep total recordable incidents to a minimum.
With construction on the upswing, new workers are flocking to the industry. Inexperience is the single greatest factor in the growing number of incidents. And as baby boomers retire by the thousands, younger, less experienced workers are taking their place.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is acting to combat the rise in Read more