OSHA Top 10 Violations

 

Each October, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases 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.

Beacon Mutual has a preventative solution to tackle each of OSHA’s Top 10 most frequent citations to help keep Rhode Island workplaces safe and healthy. We’re serious about safety.

Visit our Training Seminars page to access the complete list and register for training seminars offered FREE to policyholders and their employees.


OSHA's #1 Violation for 2016: Fall Protection
Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Employers must set up the workplace to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls.

Resources:
Safety Alert Information Sheet - Fall Protection, Fall Protection (Spanish)
Beacon Online University - Fall Protection, Basic Construction Safety, Ladder and Scaffolding Safety
Training Seminars - Roofing Safety in Construction & OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety


OSHA's #2 Violation for 2016: Hazard Communication
Each day, millions of workers are potentially exposed to any number of chemical hazards. Presently, there are thousands of existing chemical products, with hundreds of new ones being developed annually. This poses a significant danger to exposed workers and their employers.

Resources:
Safety Alert Information Sheet - Hazardous Communication
Beacon Online University - Hazard Communication - The New GHS Standards
Training Seminars - Hazard Communication


OSHA's #3 Violation for 2016: Scaffolds
According to OSHA data, scaffolds and staging open workers up to significant accidents like slipping, being struck by a falling object or a plank/support giving way – all mitigated by compliance with standards.

Resources:
Safety Alert Information Sheet - Scaffolding Safety
Beacon Online University - Basic Construction Safety, Ladder and Scaffolding Safety
Training Seminars - OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety


OSHA's #4 Violation for 2016: Respiratory Protection
According to OSHA, compliance with the Respiratory Protection Standard could avert hundreds of deaths & thousands of illnesses annually.

Resources:
Safety Alert Information Sheet - Respiratory Protection
Beacon Online University - Basic Industrial Safety, Respiratory Protection
Training Seminars - Personal Protective Equipment & OSHA 10-Hour Safety for General Industry


OSHA's #5 Violation for 2016: Lockout/Tagout
Injuries resulting from the failure to control hazardous energy during maintenance can be serious or fatal.

Resources:
Safety Alert Information Sheet -  Lockout/Tagout
Beacon Online University - Basic Industrial Safety, Lockout/Tagout Training
Training Seminars - Lockout/Tagout & OSHA 10-Hour Safety Standards for General Industry


OSHA's #6 Violation for 2016: Powered Industrial Trucks
Forklifts, or lift trucks, are used in various industries to move materials. There are many types of powered industrial trucks and a host of potential hazards associated. Beacon offers multiple trainings throughout the year addressing lift-truck operator safety.

Resources:
Safety Alert Information Sheet - Forklift Safety
Beacon Online University - Forklift Safety, Pedestrian Safety around Lift Trucks, Powered Industrial Truck Safety
Training Seminars - Forklift Operator Training & Forklift Train the Trainer


OSHA's #7 Violation for 2016: Ladders
Proper safety protocols on and around jobsite tools, like ladders, must be observed to prevent serious injury. Ladder safety is one of the topics addressed in the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Course.

Resources:
Safety Alert Information Sheet - Ladder Safety, Ladder Selection
Beacon Online University - Basic Construction Safety, Ladder and Scaffolding
Training Seminars - OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Course


OSHA's #8 Violation for 2016: Machine Guarding
Moving machine parts pose a serious potential for injury. Machine guards are vital for protecting workers. Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded.

Resources:
Safety Alert Information Sheet - Computerized Numeric Control Safety, Machine Guarding
Beacon Online University - Machine Guarding
Training Seminars - Machine Guarding, OSHA 10 Hour General Industry


OSHA's #9 Violation for 2016: Electrical – Wiring Methods
Nearly all workers are exposed to electrical wiring. Electrical wiring hazards can cause burns, shocks and electrocution. Knowledge of proper wiring methods is essential in keeping workers safe.

Resources:
Safety Alert Information Sheet - Extension Cord Safety
Beacon Online University - Arc Flash Safety, Electrical Safety
Training Seminars - Electrical Safety


OSHA's #10 Violation for 2016: Electrical – General Requirements
Virtually all in the workforce are exposed to electricity in their daily work. Working with electricity can be dangerous. Engineers, electricians, and other professionals work with electricity directly, including working on overhead lines, cable harnesses, and circuit assemblies. Others, such as office workers and sales people, work with electricity indirectly and may also be exposed to electrical hazards.

Resources:
Safety Alert Information Sheet - Extension Cord Safety
Beacon Online University - Arc Flash Safety, Electrical Safety
Training Seminars - Electrical Safety


Visit our Training Seminars page to access the complete list and register for training seminars offered.