OSHA Releases Top-10 List of Workplace Safety Citations in 2016; Fall Protection Is Number One

David Letterman had his top 10 list–and so does the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A list of the top 10 workplace safety hazards, that is.

In a blog post yesterday, Thomas Gallasi, the director of enforcement programs at OSHA, released a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff.

“One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes,” he said. “Year after year, our inspectors see thousands of the same on-the-job hazards, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury.”

The list consists of:

  1. Fall protection
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolds
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Lockout/tagout
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Machine guarding
  9. Electrical wiring
  10. Electrical, general requirements

Although, by law, employers are responsible or providing safe harbor and healthful workplaces,m ore than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, and approximately 3 million are injured.  “If all employers simply corrected the top 10 hazards, we are confident the number of deaths, amputations and hospitalizations would drastically decline.”

This blog post was featured in the Oct. 28 weekly roundup of HR and employment blogs in the Ohio Employer’s  Law Blog.

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