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Most Common OSHA Cited Standards

Most Common OSHA Cited Standards

OSHA publishes the most common worksite citations each year; however, many of the same violations continue to top the annual charts. Therefore, it’s crucial that both OSHA and the lift and rigging community double down on safety in every aspect of the industry. Spreading awareness about the most common citations is a great way to keep workers informed of their rights and responsibilities while on the job, so here’s a look at the top citations for 2018 with some tips on how to prevent them today.

Fall Protection

Fall protection tops the list as OSHA’s most common citation—a position this standard has held for eight years in a row. OSHA splits fall protection into training and general requirements, and both sectors of this standard made the 2018 list for most common citations. Workers commonly either fall off of a platform or fall into a hole or crater at a job site, which makes fall protection a vastly under prioritized standard; however, this accident is easily preventable on site. With on-the-job training programs and proper lift planning, crews can easily minimize the injuries and fatalities caused by falls.

Hazard Communication

The Hazard Communication Standard set by OSHA requires that all workers be aware of hazardous chemicals. Similarly, each chemical product requires a proper label with safety data so workers can prepare to handle these hazards or protect themselves in the event of an accident. Whether a crew creates or brings a chemical to the site, every crew-member must be informed on how to safely handle the hazard. To continue lowering these citations, members of the industry need to focus on developing written, verbal, or cross-functional hazard communication training programs.

Scaffold Accidents

OSHA categorizes scaffolding accidents by a number of incidents, including falling objects, poor support, and faulty planking. Issues with the scaffolding structure itself causes countless accidents each year, but many crews fail to find preventative solutions. Fortunately, compliance with OSHA standards can easily prevent these accidents, because they encourage crews to test both the site of the job and the equipment in use. Simply inspecting the scaffolding support system prior to usage can cut the number of scaffolding citations dramatically.

Respiratory Protection

Respiratory protection covers incredibly significant safety protocols. Despite the fact that respiratory training prepares workers with safety equipment and knowledge essential to protecting themselves against disease or death from harmful air pollutants, it ranked as the fourth most cited violation of 2018. To lower the amount of citations related to respiratory protection, it’s crucial that each crew has proper face protection and air supply relative to the settings of each and every job.

Hazardous Energy

Failure to control hazardous energy can lead to detrimental accidents on site. Including electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic properties, hazardous energy isn’t a rarity on lift and rigging locations; however, most crews still fail to properly control it. To get a better grip on the varying types of energy you may come across on the job, every crewmember requires situational training about the presence or possible presence of energy. Likewise, each crew must have a strong lockout/tagout system so that each member agrees on how to contain hazardous energy.

At Florida Wire & Rigging, we strive to decrease the amount of OSHA citations by equipping crews with the tools to stay safe and informed. That’s why we offer on-the-job training so your staff can learn while they work. For more information, call us today at 800-846-0309.

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