What Were the Most Cited Safety Violations in 2019?
OSHA and other regulatory bodies require employers to adhere to numerous safety regulations. These regulations are in place to help protect workers from amputations, crushing injuries, burns, toxic exposures, and countless potential injuries. When employers ignore or flaunt their responsibility to adhere to these regulations, OSHA steps in and cites them for their negligence. For 2019, the following were the most commonly cited OSHA violations of long-established safety regulations.
Fall Protections - These violations include failing to provide sufficient, effective fall protection systems for employees required to work at elevated heights. It also includes failing to train employees in the use of fall prevention equipment properly.
Hazard Communication - These include failures to classify hazards on the worksite and communicate these to employees, contractors, and the general public.
Scaffolding - Often coupled with fall protection violations, scaffolding violations include failure to assemble the scaffolding properly, damaged or missing components, as well as failure to clear the scaffold of debris and navigation hazards.
Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) - Lockout/tagout violations include failures to adhere to specific procedures designed to reduce the risk of electrocution. These include failure to properly train employees in these procedures, failure to conduct inspections, and failure to repair known faults and defects.
Respiratory Protection - Employers are required to provide respiratory protection for workers who can suffer toxic exposures to everything from dust to chemicals. Violations of respiratory safety standards inlude failure to provide the appropriate devices and failure to properly train employees in their use.
Ladders - Ladder violations include failure to provide the appropriate ladder for assigned tasks, failure to maintain ladders properly, and failure to discard damaged ladders that are unsafe to use.
Powered Industrial Trucks - Forklifts and other industrial trucks are a common hazard in warehouses, grocery stores, warehouse clubs, etc. Violations of these standards include failure to properly train employees in their use and failure to maintain the vehicle.
Machine Guarding - Machine guarding protects workers from the risk of entanglement. Deficient machine guards, damaged guards, and missing guards are common problems in industrial facilities.
Personal Protective/Lifesaving Equipment - Employers are required to provide adequate fire suppression systems, first aid kits, eyewash stations, etc. When employers ignore these safety standards, they negligently place employees at risk.