Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a list of the 10 most commonly cited workplace safety violations. This list is an important reminder of frequently encountered issues encountered across industries, as well as an opportunity for safety managers and EHS professionals to look for opportunities to eliminate or mitigate hazards.
Let's look at Nos. 6-10 on the list, then review Nos. 1-5 in part two of this article.
Violations involving powered industrial trucks made OSHA's top 10 list.
As Waste360 pointed out, this standard saw 1,536 violations recorded by OSHA inspectors in the 2018 fiscal year. This is a relatively rare instance of a new standard making its way onto the top 10 list.
With potentially dangerous machines used in so many different applications across the economy, it's not surprising that this standard has the potential to be frequently violated. OSHA recorded 1,972 violations of this standard.
Issues with training don't instantly lead to employee danger. Instead, they create long-term problems and continually put a business and its workers at risk. This standard had 1,982 violations in the 2018 fiscal year.
Used in many different applications, powered industrial trucks can cause harm to workers and damage to facilities if not used properly. OSHA tracked a total of 2,294 violations of this standard in fiscal year 2018.
Ladders present a potential risk, whether they bring employees only a few feet off the ground or many stories above it. This standard had 2,780 violations in 2018, according to Safety + Health.