Violations involving falls once again sit atop the list
Do neglectful employers ever change their ways?
OSHA's recently released annual list of the Top 10 most-cited safety violations suggests that many do not. Although the number of overall reported workplace accidents and injuries has decreased, the safety violations that hurt and killed employees 10 years ago are mostly the same ones that put them at risk today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says.
For example, in 2022, the most cited violation was for failure to provide adequate fall protection - 5,260 fall protection violations were cited nationwide compared to 7,250 cited in 2012.
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OSHA Top 10 safety citations 2022
The following is OSHA's top-10 list for fiscal year 2022. The list is ranked from most cited to least cited violations.
1. Fall protection.
2. Hazard Communication.
3. Respiratory protection.
4. Ladders, construction.
6. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout failure).
7. Powered industrial trucks (PITs).
8. Fall protection training.
9. Eye and face protection.
10. Machinery and machine guards.
Some industries are riskier to employees than others. For example, manufacturing, transportation, health care, extraction/excavation, and construction workers often face more daily safety hazards than people in other types of work.
NYC tracks construction site injuries and deaths. Recent reports include accidents, like falling, that appear on the top 10 violations list. Recent NYC construction site accidents include:
- A carpenter installing drywall fell off a ladder when it shifted underneath his feet. The worker fell back and injured their left leg, neck, and left arm. The worker could not move their injured limbs.
- Falling scaffolding struck a painter in the ankle, causing bone fractures.
- A worker slipped and fell in a bathroom area.
- An excavation worker's shoulder was dislocated when they fell from a height of more than 4 feet.
- Materials that fell onto an ironworker's foot while a team manually moved material from a sidewalk seriously injured the worker's left big toe.
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