Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reveals their list of the top 10 violations companies were cited for during the present year. According to Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, the list is meant to be a starting point for companies. “You can take a look at this list, identify root causes, perform analysis, and stop an injury before it occurs,” said Kapust during the announcement at the 2016 National Safety Congress.
The list consists of citations made by OSHA officers when viewing violations at companies where inspections were conducted. These inspections were conducted because OSHA became aware of any number of factors, including employee complaints, a fatality on site, or accidents resulting in hospitalization of three or more individuals. If your company has been cited by OSHA, it’s crucial that you contact an OSHA lawyer immediately.
However, it’s all about prevention. Below are the top ten OSHA violations for 2016. In part one of this series, we will countdown from 10-6. If you would like to see the top violations, you can skip ahead to part 2 for violations 5-1.
10. Electrical, General Requirements
There were 1,704 violations this year. Most common violations were equipment that was not properly installed or obstructed.
9. Electrical Wiring
There were 1,940 violations this year. Improper substitutes for permanent wiring and incorrect use of extension cords were the source of many violations.
8. Machine Guarding
There were 2,451 violations in 2016. These violations resulted from not properly guarding machinery in many cases.
With 2,639 violations, ladder citations increased significantly in 2016. Improper use of ladders and use of defective ladders were to blame.
6. Powered Industrial Trucks
Many of the 2,860 violations in this area, stemmed from the use of untrained workers to drive these vehicles. Unsafe use of powered industrial trucks was cited often as well.
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