Top 10 OSHA Violations 2017
At the end of September every year several things happen. It is the official start of autumn. All of the children are back in school. Pumpkin spice everything is available. OSHA publishes their list of top ten most-cited standards. These are always announced at the National Safety Council’s Congress and Expo. The timing fits with OSHA’s fiscal year that runs from October 1 through September 30. So, without further delay….
Most-Cited OSHA Standards for Fiscal Year 2017
- Fall Protection – Standard 1926.501 with 6,072 violations
- Hazard Communications – Standard 1910.1200 with 6,072 violations
- Scaffolding- Standard 2936.451 with 3,288 violations
- Respiratory Protection – Standard 1910.134 with 3,097 violations
- Lockout/Tagout – Standard 1910.147 with 2,877 violations
- Ladders – Standard 1926.1053 with 2,241 violations
- Powered Industrial Trucks – Standard 1910.178 with 2,162 violations
- Machine Guarding – Standard 1910.212 with 1,933 violations
- Fall Protection: Training requirements – Standard 1926.503 with 1,523 violations
- Electrical Wiring Methods – Standard 1910.305 with 1,405 violations
Here are some things I notice about this year’s list. First of all, four of top ten are related. By this I mean, items 1, 3, 6 and 9 are related to falling. Next, take note that the top five violations are the exact same and in the same order as the past four fiscal years. Almost every other standard listed for 2017 is also on the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 lists. The only change for them is the order of prominence on the list. To put things in perspective, look at the numbers of violations beside each one. Take those numbers and translate them to a worker injury or death. If that isn’t enough perspective for you, these numbers also translate into millions of dollars of cost to companies.
Every single item on that list is PREVENTABLE. With good company policy, training and commitment to safety, those numbers should be almost zero. OSHA’s website (https://www.osha.gov/shpguidelines/) has an entire section dedicated to the “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs”. These practices were developed around the seven core elements of an effective safety and health program. They were recently updated to include changes in workplaces and the economy. From this site a company can find ways to start developing a program or to improving the one they already have. Even if your company is small, there are things you can do.
Take the time to review your company’s current programs. See if there are areas that can be improved and work to make that happen. Until all stakeholders in a company make the decision to focus on safety and health, I’ll be posting this same blog next year. Call ICC Compliance Center today to see how we can help.