The Occupational and Safety and Health Administration released a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for 2016, compiled from about 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff.
More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year and about three million workers are injured.
The top 10 for 2016 are:
- Fall protection: OSHA said falls are among the leading causes of worker deaths, particularly in construction. Fall Protection measures, as well as ladder and scaffold safety protections, could prevent injuries and deaths.
- Hazard communication.
- Scaffolds: Implementing safety protections related to scaffold work could reduce injuries and deaths.
- Respiratory protection: OSHA said respiratory protection is essential for preventing long term and sometimes fatal health problems associated with breathing in asbestos, silica or a host of other toxic substances.
- Lockout/tagout: Proper lockout/tagout procedures make certain that machines are powered off and cannot be turned on while someone is working on them. It said installing guards to keep hands, feet and other appendages away from moving machinery prevents amputations and worse.
- Powered industrial trucks: OSHA said that a high number of fatalities related to forklifts, and a high number of violations related to powered industrial truck safety, indicate that many workers are not being properly trained to safely drive these kinds of potentially hazardous equipment.
- Machine guarding.
- Electrical wiring.
- Electrical, general requirements.
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