The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a preliminary list of their top 10 most violated safety standards for fiscal year 2012, which ran from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sep. 30, 2012.
This year's most-cited violations ran the gamut from electrical systems to trucks to heavy machinery and everything in between. Starting from number 10, the most common violations include:
10. OSHA's general standard governing safety requirements for electrical systems was the tenth most violated standard for FY 2012, with 1,332 total violations.
9. The lockout-tagout standard that outlines requirements for the control of hazardous energy during maintenance of machines and equipment came in with 1,572 violations.
8. The wiring methods standard governs electrical wiring, including the grounding of electrical equipment, wiring and insulation, as well as temporary wiring and splicing. This standard was violated 1,744 times in 2012.
7. Powered industrial trucks, including forklifts and motorized hand trucks, are covered by an OSHA standard with requirements for design, maintenance and operating training. With 1,993 violations cited during the fiscal year, it remains in the same position as last year.
6. Machinery and machine guarding standards came in at number six, with 2,097 violations in the guarding of machinery to protect operators and employees from hazards like rotating parts, flying chips and sparks.
Next week we'll round out the top ten and discuss the implications for employees facing similar hazards in the workplace.
If you or a loved one have been injured on the job because of an employer's carelessness or unsafe conditions, it is wise to speak with a personal injury attorney experienced in workers' compensation matters. They can help you navigate the court and workers' compensation systems to seek the best possible outcome in your case.
Source: National Safety Council, "Examining the Top 10"
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