By Keith Bateman on December 6, 2017
Where did all the time go? It seems like just yesterday we were posting the results of OSHA's 2016 data findings, but here we are again.
The reason why it feels like déjà vu is likely because the top 5 most cited violations of 2017 are the same as those from 2016. Fall Protection - General Requirments, Hazard Communication, Scaffolding, Respiratory Protection, and Lockout/Tagout all come in at the top of the list for the 2nd consecutive year. All combined, the top 5 most cited categories through September of 2017 have accounted for approximately 21,748 violations.
The bottom 5 categories consist of Ladders, Powered Industrial Trucks, Machine Guarding, Fall Protection - Training Requirements, and Electrical Wiring Methods. In total, these have accounted for 10,279 violations, which combined equals 32,027 total violations reported in 2017 thus far.
This amount of violations seems like a lot (which it is), but the good news is that it's a dramatic decrease from 2016. Last year 36,531 violations were reported in total, which accounts for an overall decrease of 12%! This decrease can be attributed to many things, but overall it shows that companies are finally starting to become serious about the safety of their employees and investing in the right methods/technologies to protect them.
But all the news isn't positive.
Within the OSHA top 10 violation list, there was one new addition from 2016 to 2017, Fall Protection - Training Requirements. This type of violation revolves around the lack of proper safety training programs in high risk and dangerous environments. This is a common issue in today's building construction environment as the pressure to complete projects faster increases and proper safety procedures get put by the wayside. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, puts it into perspective by telling Safety+Health Magazine that "Many of these violations were specifically related to training requirements and ensuring that a training program for each employee who may be exposed to fall hazards is established. Often, these violations occurred in the roofing, framing and residential modeling industries."
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