Top OSHA Safety Citations for 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 03:10 PM gHale

Accidents and injuries occur in the manufacturing automation sector, there is no doubt. The catch is, most are preventable, but even more so, the same incidents keep occurring year after year.

Every October, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 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.

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Year after year, OSHA inspectors see thousands of the same on-the-job hazards, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury.

As a result of these hazards, over 4,500 workers die on the job every year, and three million end up injured, despite the fact that by law, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers.

While it is easier said than done, if all employers could correct the top 10 hazards, the number of deaths, amputations and hospitalizations would drastically decline.
The following are ten hazards employers need to fix:
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

It’s no coincidence that falls are among the leading causes of worker deaths.

We also see far too many workers killed or gruesomely injured when machinery starts up suddenly while being repaired, or hands and fingers end up exposed to moving parts. Lockout/tagout and machine guarding violations are often the culprit here. Proper lockout/tagout procedures ensure machines are off and can’t turn on while someone is working on them. And installing guards to keep hands, feet and other appendages away from moving machinery prevents amputations and worse.